Volunteering at the Race for the Cure Kids Zone

Cinzia at the 2010 Race for the Cure

I am not a survivor and no one in my family has been affected by breast cancer.  I am a volunteer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Ten years ago, almost to the date, my son, a high school sophomore at the time, told me I was crazy to think I could walk 60 miles for breast cancer.  That was the start of my introduction to the world of breast cancer.  I did walk the 60 miles and my son, as part of his high school community service requirements, volunteered.  Back then, the event was not sponsored by Komen as it is and has been now for some time (The Susan G. Komen 3-Day).

Looking for more opportunities to help, we discovered the Komen Race for the Cure and started volunteering with Komen that same year.  My son has obviously graduated high school since then, but somehow I could not walk away from Komen just because my son did not need community hours any more.  It may have started with that goal, but it continued and still continues today because of what Komen stands for, what Komen means to so many women.

One year, as I attended an early planning meeting for that year’s race, I decided to get more involved and became co-chair of the Kids Zone.  I was enthusiastic, but a little thought crossed my mind: How could I possibly help by setting up a few games and overseeing a play area for children at the race? Wow, was I wrong!!!!  As too many know breast cancer affects women of all ages, including young mothers, some discovering the cancer while they are pregnant.  I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of these moms, their children and their families because of my “play area.”

Children are amazing and they know so much more than we give them credit for. To see these boys and girls just be kids, despite having had to grow up prematurely because of what has happened around them, and to see the moms’ pure joy at seeing their children just play…that is just something almost indescribable.  It is pure magic!

Kids at Play

My little “play area” may seem insignificant in the big picture, but I know better. For the children that have come to play in past years, for those that will be there this year and for those that one day won’t have to see their mommies hurting because of breast cancer, you’ll find me every third Saturday of October at the Kids Zone at Race for the Cure.

– Cinzia Nicoloso