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Janice's Garden at Komen Cenla Race for the Cure

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - With the Komen Cenla Race for the Cure just more than a month away, plans are in the works--including those for one of the most loved parts of the event, Janice's Garden. The flowers may not be real, but what they represent is all too real. 

As the community gathers and the runners run and we all inch closer to a cure, participants of the Komen Cenla Race for the Cure can stop to smell the flowers. 

 

"We really hope that people can look out at this sea of pink tulips and realize that breast cancer is real, and it is highly impactive to many lives in our community," says Colton Carpenter, the Komen co-captain at GE Oil & Gas in Tioga. 

The tulips make up Janice's Garden, a staple of the event in Downtown Alexandria, sponsored this year by GE Oil & Gas.

"It's just a small demonstration compared to the millions of people who battle this everyday," Carpenter says. 

The garden is named after Janice Joseph Richard, the honorary survivor of the inaugural Komen Cenla Race for the Cure in 2010. 

Before she died of breast cancer later that same year, Richard was a women's basketball coach at Louisiana College. 

"Whenever we played games here, the crowds were big," says Dr. Carolyn Spears, the chair of the Louisiana College Department of Health and Physical Education. "She had a following."

"As soon as she walked in a room, people just went toward her," Spears says. "Everyone loved her. They knew that she was a very strong basketball coach, and she had a way."

"I well remember her struggle, and it was real. Janice Joseph, everything she touched turned to gold, and now she's walking the streets of gold."

The tulips in Janice's Garden are personalized, each one a celebration--or a memory--of someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer. But as a whole, they're a reminder of why we race for the cure.

"And we just hope that people can look upon the sea of pink and realize how important it is to support this," says Colton Carpenter.

To buy your own tulip for display in Janice's Garden, you can mail your $10 and order form with name, email, phone, the dedication name and 15-word message to the address below. 

2013 Komen Cenla Race for the Cure
Janice's Garden
P.O. Box 12322
Alexandria, LA 71316

 

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