Palm Beach Illustrated–Race for the Cure

January 1, 2014

On January 25, Susan G. Komen South Florida will host the twenty-third annual Race for the Cure in downtown West Palm Beach. For Mary Booher, a founding board member of the South Florida chapter, this marathon is different from all the others—because it will be her first as a breast cancer survivor.

Booher became involved with Komen at its inception for a number of reasons. In addition to being a physician’s wife with a passion for women’s health issues, she had also experienced the death of a close friend to the disease. “At the time, no one knew how to talk about it,” Booher says. For more than 20 years, she helped nurture and support the mission of Susan G. Komen South Florida as just that—a supporter. Then, in the spring of 2013, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Suddenly, her work became all the more personal. After undergoing a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction on Mother’s Day weekend, Booher is now cancer free. “I want to now redouble my efforts and share what I wouldn’t have known if not for Komen,” she says.

Booher’s story is just one of many, and on January 25, she will join other survivors in a race for the cure. (561-514-3020,

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