Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona Race for the Cure organizers recently announced its 2014 Honorary Race Chair.
Rocky LaRose, the recently retired UA Athletics director and breast cancer survivor received the honor last week. In addition to surviving breast cancer, LaRose became the first woman to be appointed the Athletics Director in UA history. She also had a hand in developing the Commitment for Athletes' Total Success (C.A.T.S.) program, as well as serving as Chair of the Athletic Department's Equity Committee and Director of the NCAA certification process. LaRose retired from the U of A last year.
"I am honored and humbled to be asked to head up this year's Race for the Cure. Race Day is vital to our community, to raise funds for women and men who do not have the financial resources many of us are so lucky to have," said LaRose in a recent release.
Komen SAZ Executive Director Connie Melton said, "Rocky is an inspiration to the Tucson community. She represents strength and is being recognized for her determination to keep fighting during tough times."
LaRose was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and is now a survivor. She uses her story as a motivation for women and men to become educated about the cancer.
Melton says, "Rocky's story is so powerful and we are thrilled that she accepted her role as Honorary Chair this year."
LaRose faced hardships battling cancer but she says, "Now it is important for me to support the men and women facing the challenges that come with cancer and tell them my story of survival."
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