Komen Colorado honors Castle Pines star
By Lynne Marsala Basche; photos courtesy of Debie Richardson
Debie Richardson (center) and part of her team getting into the spirit at the start of the 2013 Susan G. Komen Denver Race for the Cure.
Castle Pines’ very own star, Debie Richardson, was honored at the “Stars in Pink” luncheon for her fundraising efforts for Susan G. Komen Colorado last month.
On July 10, Susan G. Komen Colorado held its annual “Stars in Pink” luncheon, which recognizes the top 100 individual fundraisers from last year’s Race for the Cure. Castle Pines resident Debie Richardson was one of the honorees at the event.
In 2001, Richardson learned she had breast cancer after having her first mammogram. With no family history of breast cancer or lumps detected, the diagnosis was shocking. Within two weeks of receiving her results, Richardson underwent surgery. “I’m living proof that mammograms and early detection save lives,” said Richardson.
Richardson credits her recovery to the incredible care she received from her doctors, as well as her dedicated support system of family, friends and co-workers – all of whom allowed her to remain positive and focus on getting better. Richardson knew there were people who did not have access to the same level of care she received and was determined to help.
Since 2002, Richardson has been raising awareness for breast cancer by volunteering and walking in Race for the Cure events and has been in the list of top 25 individual fundraisers for approximately 12 years. When asked how she is so successful at fundraising, Richardson laughs and says, “I’m really not good at asking for money.” Richardson credits her 2013 fundraising efforts of more than $5,000 to family, friends, employers, and her extensive network of contacts.
In this year’s Race for the Cure, Richardson will be wearing bib number 23, which was her fundraising placement from last year’s race. Richardson and her team of family and friends will participate to support Komen Colorado’s efforts to provide mammograms and treatments to those who might otherwise not be able to afford them. For Richardson, fundraising is a lifelong activity and she said, “I do it because breast cancer personally impacted me. I do it for those who can’t.” Richardson also added, “If I could tell my story 100 times, I would. Early detection is key.”