St. George resident Gail Winterfeld is the City’s 2012 Save a Sister Honorary Race Chair. The October 20th race benefits the Utah Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and helps their fight to end breast cancer.
Gail began a personal campaign to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research two years ago during her own battle with the disease. She has been the top fundraiser for the past two years for the Komen Utah Race for the Cure in Salt Lake City. Gail credits the generosity of her St. George friends and neighbors in helping her reach her fundraising goals, and has been instrumental in developing plans to launch a fundraiser in St. George for the Komen Utah Affiliate.
“Nationally, Utah ranks at the bottom for women getting mammograms; that is unacceptable. Remember, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. We need to raise awareness that until a cure is found, early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer,” she explains.
Gail’s cancer was diagnosed two years ago at Dixie Regional hospital. She describes her treatment as “the trifecta”: surgery, chemo and radiation therapy. Her current prognosis is encouraging, which she attributes to her early detection at Dixie Regional.
A dedicated volunteer and advocate in many local causes, Gail encourages all of her friends, neighbors and colleagues to “race” or walk with her on October 20th. She states, “I am excited that Save-a-Sister and the Komen organization have partnered. I believe this partnership collaboration will ultimately save lives of women here in Southern Utah.”