Falcons Highlight Breast Cancer Survivors

BY DIANE LARCHE'

They've been through struggles and many hospital visits, surgeries and pain after being diagnosed with breast cancer. But today was their day- a good day that brought a few tears but mostly broad smiles to their faces.

They, are the five metro Atlanta women who have survived breast cancer and who were selected by the NFL Atlanta Falcons to receive a day of pampering in celebration of overcoming the dreaded disease - the most common cancer in women during the team's sixth annual "Dazzle & Dine" day festivities.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2011, 220,097 women and 2,078 men in the US were diagnosed with it. Some 40,931 women and 443 men in the U.S. died from breast cancer that year according to statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The day started with new hair dos and makeup at the DASS Salon in Perimeter Mall and ended with an elegant dinner of beef tenderloin, roasted chicken and key lime pie at Ray's on The River. Falcons players, their wives and staff participated in the events. The team's players are known to support community and charitable events on their only day off which is Tuesdays.

Sunday, October 12 during the Falcons vs. Chicago Bears game at 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome, the women will be presented on the field. A check for $1,000 will be donated to their favorite local breast cancer awareness charity courtesy of the NFL Foundation.

Escorted by Falcons players Linebacker Joplo Bartu, Punter, Matt Bosher; Kicker Matt Bryant; Fullback Patrick DiMrco; Guard, Long Snapper, Josh Harris, Defensive tackle and Corey Peters the women—Rose Clark, TeMaya Eatmon, Deborah Hayes and Debra Sharker and Cati Diamond Stone addressed the dinner gathering telling their story.

Before the women made their presentations, Falcons Vice President of Community Relations Kendyl Moss called Kim Cox, wife of Falcons Linebacker Coach Bryan Cox up to share her story. It was just less than one year ago when she was diagnosed and had surgery before the Christmas holiday. She talked about how she had to tell her 5 year old daughter that "mommy is sick." She shared that "peace of mind and connection to your strength" got her through the difficult times.

For Rose she asked the question "why me" when she was diagnosed at the age of 50 nine years ago. Cancer free since then, she has started an awareness program at her church Faith in Action and stresses the importance of early detection. She had her first mammogram at the age of 50. "I always thought what you don't know won't hurt you." was her belief. Now the wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother encourages young women to get tested noting that a 25 year old woman at her church was recently diagnosed.

TeMaya had only been married five months when at 36 she was told she had breast cancer. The Florida A&M and Clark Atlanta University alumna is a "Keep A Beast" Ambassador and Board Member of "It's The Journey", 2013 National Breast Cancer Coalition Project LEAD Graduate and Living Beyond Beast Cancer Georgia Young Advocate. She informs young women that "It doesn't have to be your mother or grandmother, it could be you or your daughter." TeMaya's husband Jamichael nominated her because he said he saw "the trauma and drama she went through and all the work she is doing in the community to help others going through it."

"You get Strong.. Cancer did not beat me, I'm beating it," says Deborah after two bouts with the disease which weakened her heart muscle causing her to have a heart defibilator implanted. Active with the Sisters by Choice organization she works with the Breast Health program that provides buses monthly to pick up women in shelters and recovery facilities for free mammogram screenings. The new do she received at Doss was the first time in 10 years she has had her hair done. She usually wears wigs she said. Married to her college sweetheart Bobby for 32 years, she is a graduate of Morris Brown College and Columbus State University.

As a person who always was in control, breast cancer caused Debra to "learn humility. All of a sudden you don't have control. Everything happens so quickly. You are diagnosed, got to get a surgeon, oncologist." The "I can do it myself" woman now realizes her friends give her strength and support. She is a member of the Network of Hope at Northside Hospital a group that mentors newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, she is a speaker at Check It Out Program that teaches high school girls about breast self exams and is on the steering committee of Camp Hope, a weekend retreat men and women cancer patients.

Guntersville, Alabama native Cati at 35 years-of- age in 2010 was in the midst of a successful career as a trial lawyer when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. After chemotherapy, radiation, a mastectomy and numerous reconstruction surgeries, she learned that a key drug used in the treatment of her aggressive breast cancer was developed through funding provided by Komen and decided to leave her legal career in 2013 for employment with Koimen Atlanta helping others who are battling breast cancer. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi Cati also graduated from the University of Alabama Law school.


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NASCAR Hall Of Fame Inductee

NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway announced today they will honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of tributes during the Martinsville race weekend from Oct. 24-26.

Front Row Motorsports will pay homage to Scott, also the first African-American driver to race full-time in NASCAR’s premier series, with a full throwback paint scheme on its No. 34 Ford driven by David Ragan, reminiscent of the blue No. 34 that he drove to Victory Lane for his first NASCAR premier series victory at Jacksonville Speedway on Dec. 1, 1963. Ragan is one of just three drivers to win in the No. 34, and the first since Scott.

“It’s going to be cool to honor Wendell Scott at his home track with his family,” said Ragan. “I got to drive a tribute scheme for Ned Jarrett a while back, and it’s a tribute to the history of our sport that I get to honor Mr. Scott as an inductee, the last driver to win in the No. 34 before I did. I’m a fan of our sport’s history and have a real appreciation for it, so it’s special to be able to bring that paint scheme back for a weekend.”

In addition, Kyle Busch Motorsports will change the number of Darrell Wallace Jr.’s truck from 54 to 34 in honor of Scott. A NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, Wallace became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since Scott’s historic 1963 triumph when he captured the checkered flag in last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville.

"It's an honor to run the No. 34 Toyota Tundra at Martinsville,” said Wallace. “I got my first win at Martinsville and the historical significance of that win and to be so close to Wendell Scott's hometown was a really cool bonus to getting my first win. The Scott family has followed my career since I ran the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program for Rev Racing and I've kept a relationship with the family over the years. Thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Toyota and NASCAR for allowing me to run the No. 34 at Martinsville. I'm pumped to get back there and hope to get another victory."

Adding to the celebration, Martinsville Speedway and the NHOF will host members of the Scott family during the race weekend and offer special Q&A opportunities for fans on-site.

“Wendell Scott faced numerous adversities throughout his racing career. At the end of the day though, he persevered and overcame all odds,” said Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway. “That perseverance serves as an inspiration today and as a testament to that, he was inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”

A trailblazer whose legacy extends to the present day, Scott was the 1959 NASCAR Virginia Sportsman champion and won over 100 races at local tracks prior to starting his NASCAR premier series career. The Danville, Virginia native served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II where he honed his skills in the motor pool. In 13 years of NASCAR premier series competition, Scott made 495 starts (35th on the all-time list), accumulating 20 top-five and 147 top-10 finishes. He passed away in 1990, at the age of 69.

NASCAR currently awards scholarships in Scott’s name through the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. The Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award is awarded to a diverse or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series who has demonstrated significant contributions on and off the track. Current NASCAR D4D driver and last year’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Nevada state champion Jay Beasley was the 2013 award recipient.

In addition, NASCAR has designated the first race weekend in March as a time to remember Wendell Scott’s legacy during a week that marks his first career start. Cars in all series run a decal in honor of his accomplishments within the sport.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goody’s ® Headache Relief Shot ® 500 will run Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 will run Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. Both races will also air on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.


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Dragon Goal, Atlanta Soccerfest Announce Soccer Tournaments

ATLANTA—Participants will have more than one opportunity to win at the Atlanta 10 Miler on Sunday, October 26, 2014, Atlanta Track Club announced. A new on-course challenge appropriately named Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno will test runners’ hill climbing ability on one of the most recgonizable stretches of Peachtree Road.

Found approximately seven miles into the 10 mile course, “Cardiac Hill,” is the name given to the stretch of Peachtree Road that rises more than 12 stories in elevation in less than a mile. Participants of Atlanta Track Club’s flagship event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, are most familiar with the well-known hill and now the Club is offering another opportunity for Atlanta area runners to conquer it. An award, the title of King and Queen of Cardiac Hill, will go to the man and woman who climb the hill the fastest.

Mizuno USA, Atlanta-based running apparel and footwear manufacturer, has teamed up with Atlanta Track Club as the presenting sponsor of the challenge which offers timed splits for participants from the bottom to the top of the hill. Mizuno will be on-site providing motivation as participants attempt to Conquer Cardiac Hill. Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female, as well as to the top 100 fastest particpants up the hill.

The King and Queen of Cardiac Hill will each receive a Mizuno running kit, including a pair of running shoes, and those with the top 100 fastest hill climb times will earn a prize rivaling the coveted top 1000 mug at the AJC Peachtree Road Race. All participants that Conquer Cardiac Hill and finish the Atlanta 10 Miler will be encouraged to visit the Mizuno area at Atlantic Station after the event to learn their hill climb time and share their result on social media for an additional chance to win.

“Anyone who has participated in the AJC Peachtree Road Race knows about Cardiac Hill. Rather than fear this challenging Atlanta landmark, we want our Atlanta 10 Miler participants to celebrate their ability to conquer it,” said Rich Kenah, executive director of Atlanta Track Club. “With that in mind, Atlanta Track Club will make sure this portion of their race experience is one participants look forward to for years to come.”??Registration for the Atlanta 10 Miler is open online at atlantatrackclub.org through October 22. No additional registration is needed to participate in Conquer Cardiac Hill presented by Mizuno. Timing mats will be placed at the bottom of the hill near the intersection of Peachtree Battle and Peachtree Road and at the top of the hill near the corner of Peachtree Road and Collier Road. ??To help prepare participants for the big day, Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno will host training runs near Cardiac Hill in the weeks leading up to the Atlanta 10 Miler. Full details on the training runs are available at atlantatrackclub.org.

In its second year, the Atlanta 10 Miler features an exciting new course that starts and finishes inside Atlantic Station and takes participants on a tour of unbeatable skyline views and tree-lined Buckhead streets. As the featured second stop for participants in Atlanta Track Club’s Triple Peach, this event is a perfect next step after the AJC Peachtree Road Race and a great final tune-up for the Atlanta Half Marathon presented by Northside Hospital on Thanksgiving Day. Held along with the Atlanta 10 Miler, the Atlanta 5K presented by American Family Insurance and the Kilometer Kids Fun Zone provide an event for runners of all abilities and ages to participate. For more information and to register for the event, visit atlantatrackclub.org.

Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. With more than 21,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K running event in the world and the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K (atlantahalfmarathon.org), Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.