Carmel sisters Kathy, Kelly and Molly know that every spring they’ll get out their tennis shoes, dust off their pink shirts and start to prepare for some serious fundraising for Race for the Cure.
About 18 years ago, Kathy Farrow and Kelly Meyer joined together to support Race for the Cure, wanting to do something that supported women, and also their community. The Race for the Cure raises money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness,. It was only a few years later when the event took on an entirely new meaning.
“Fifteen years ago our mom was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Kathy Farrow. “She had a double mastectomy and made it through, and is a survivor. It’s really personal for us now. I really love the success stories we hear being a part of this. There is such a celebration of life and they’re an inspiration.”
The entire family was deeply touched by the cancer and since that time, shared their own encounters with breast cancer scares or concerns. Combined, the family’s focus and dedication has helped them raise thousands of dollars for their Race for the Cure team, Faithful Friends.
“Each year we see more and more people touched by it,” said Kelly Meyer. “Our team is growing every year.”
And this year, the sisters are taking on an even greater goal of raising $20,000. Their team is hosting an event Monday evening after hours at Pillow Talk to raise more money for their team, and also to kick off Rachel Davidson, owner of Pillow Talk, annual Bras for a Cause event, which lasts the entire month of March. The event Monday is not just only to raise money for the Faithful Friends team, but also to raise awareness and support sign up for the race.
Davidson, along with other Carmel Arts and Design District and area businesses are supporting the Susan G. Komen with Bras for a Cause and Race for the ManiCURE. Discounts on purchases, donations and partnership make the month long awareness even something truly special for Davidson.
“They are amazing women, and it was an immediate ‘yes’ for me to help them,” said Davidson. “I want to help them, but also my goal this year is to double what Pillow Talk earned last year through Bras for a Cause.”
Partnerships with Dolce Spa, the Simply Sweet Shoppe, Woody’s Library Restaurant and nearly all other area businesses kicks off another month of philanthropy for the district.
To learn more about the event Monday join the group “Join Team Faithful Friends for the Race for the Cure” on Facebook.