Race for Hope Profile: Katie Bowman (nee Dwyer), Runner

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“Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing- race both with and against yourself. Your presence matters.”

Name:  Katie Bowman

Age: 29

Hometown:  Wallkill, New York

CRSS Race for Hope participant since: 2009 (inaugural year!)

1) What is your connection to the Capital region?  I grew up in Delmar and my family still lives in the area.

2) Who or what is the inspiration behind your participation?  My mom was diagnosed with salivary cancer in the summer of 2008.  She is fully recovered now but I feel strongly about raising awareness.   I was so thrilled to run in the inaugural race a few years back and will be here to run and show support every year .

3) What song gets you moving on race day?   If it’s Katy Perry, I’m MOVING.

4) Any advice for a new CRSS Race for Hope participant?   Have fun!  Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing- race both with and against yourself.  Your presence matters.

5) You turn the last corner and the finish line is in view, the best reward you could find waiting for you is:  shaving even one second off my best time. 

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About CRSS Race for Hope

Since 2009, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope events have raised over $200,000, of which all monies have been dedicated to fundraising, since overhead costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery. This year's 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The major goal of the Capital Region Special Surgery – Race for Hope Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is to make grants to not-for-profit organizations/programs serving uninsured and underinsured patients who are experiencing a financial hardship related to a brain, head, or neck cancer diagnosis in the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington counties). Thus far, these proceeds have been allocated to the following local 501c3 organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Ellis Hospital Foundation, Inc., Saratoga Hospital—Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, and patient services at St. Peter’s Cancer Care Center.
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