Indiana Live! Casino employees Dody Miller and Vera White walked for different
reasons in the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the annual event that
raises funds for breast cancer research and education.
White and Miller work in Indiana Live! Casino's Environmental Services Department. White was diagnosed 32 years ago, at age 35, with a malignant melanoma. She underwent surgery and has been cancer-free ever since.
"Everything is fine," White said. "I still go for checkups every year. But I've been good for 32 years."
One of White's grandchildren was diagnosed with Leukemia at age three. He's now 12, and is cancer-free.
"He's been in remission since he was five. He's been so fortunateóreally fortunate." White said.
Miller's life has been impacted in another way by the disease. She has been affected by the 20 family members who have battled all different types of cancer, from breast cancer and colon cancer to Leukemia. Miller's niece was four years old when she was diagnosed. It proved to be no match for the determined youngster.
"She's 43 now. She's a survivor," Miller said. "I call it willpower."
Indiana Live! Casino was a corporate sponsor of this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to support the fight against the ravaging disease that strikes people of all ages.
"Millions of people have been adversely impacted by cancer in one way or another," said Indiana Live! Casino Chief Financial Officer Fred Burford, who participated in the event. "We all know that the Race for the Cure will not end until a cure for breast cancer is found, and we're willing to help out in any way we can."
Indiana Live! Casino paid the entry fees for all employees who took part in this year's race, which drew approximately 40,000 participants. Casino employees participated in the 5K walk commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Komen Central Indiana affiliate of the event, which is the sixth-largest Race for the Cure in the country.
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