by Julye Keeble, staff writer
Led by team captain Rebecca Ware Taylor, a group of six Uvalde women called the Uvalde Rack Pack has raised more than $50,000 over multiple years in an effort to help end breast cancer.
The team has committed to walk 60 miles each in the Susan G. Komen Dallas/Fort Worth 3-Day event. Each woman will walk 20 miles per day, over a span of three days, from Nov. 1-3 in Dallas.
This year, they surpassed their team goal of $14,000.
Participants in the event are required to raise $2,300 each year, and event organizers provide a training schedule. The team has been training for approximately three months on weekends, building up to 6-10 mile walks and increasing their stamina.
The Uvalde-based group of women consists of group organizer Taylor, Karla Kothmann Radicke, Kathy McFadin Phillips and her sister, Keri McFadin Baker, who now lives in Dripping Springs, Katy Worley Fulcher and Cathy Roosa Brock.
Taylor, Fulcher and Baker will be taking on the challenge for their fourth time. They walked in 2012, 2013 and 2016, at the event held in Pennsylvania.
Philips and Radicke have also participated before in 2013 and 2016, and Brock also walked in 2016.
The team name stems from a T-shirt designed by Fulcher that they sold as a fundraiser the first year they participated in the walk. The shirt depicted deer antlers and the phrase, “Save a rack.”
The shirt, Taylor says, was “a nod to the cause and a nod to our home in deer country.”
Radicke says she walks, in part, to honor her grandmother who has had breast cancer twice; in memory of her husband’s aunt, diagnosed at a young age; and her friend and Uvalde Memorial Hospital co-worker Rose Garza, who died from cancer on Jan. 9, 2017.
Taylor’s mother, Jodie Ware, died on May 12, 2018. Ware had five major types of cancer over a span of 30 years, all of which stemmed from an initial diagnosis of breast cancer.
Taylor recounts that her mother used to throw cocktail parties for the team, keeping things festive while helping to raise thousands of dollars, and stood at the finish line to cheer the women onward.
Taylor initially organized the group of women to walk in honor of her mother. This year, she has asked the team to walk for one last time in Ware’s memory.
To make a donation to the Uvalde Rack Pack, contact Taylor at 956-536-4417 or donate online by visiting www.tinyurl.com/uvalderackpack.
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