Top Race for the Cure Fundraiser, Shari Anici, Dedicates Walk in Memory of Friend

Shari Anici, long-time Komen San Diego advocate, is participating again this year at the Race for the Cure in honor of her beloved friend Elizabeth Toomey, who recently lost her battle to breast cancer. Shari and her team Safeco Strides for the Cure have raised $5,493 for women and men in San Diego battling breast cancer. Go team!

After a four and a half year battle, Elizabeth Toomey passed away this April. Elizabeth had no medical insurance and therefore wasn’t able to receive her yearly mammogram. When she was diagnosed her breast cancer had reached Stage 4 and it metastasized to her lungs, liver, and bones. All throughout her battle, her brother Mike Toomey fought beside her, and took her into his home to make sure he could be the best support possible. Elizabeth is dearly missed, but her spirit and strength is inspiring to many women who are currently battling breast cancer.

Shari and Mike are walking not only in honor of Elizabeth, but because they believe every woman has the right to timely and quality healthcare.

If she’d known about the free mammograms Komen makes available, her story could have been so different… and that’s the bitterest part to me,” said Shari.

There are currently more than 150,000 women in the U.S. battling metastatic breast cancer. Susan G. Komen San Diego is working to change this reality assuring every woman in our community has access to breast health services and support every step of their breast cancer journey.

In 2016 Komen San Diego’s Race for the Cure® raised $1.2 million dollars thanks to supporters like Shari and Team Safeco Strides for the Cure. With the money raised we are able to cover costs for:

  • Free mammograms
  • Research
  • Food assistance
  • Transportation to and from treatment
  • Temporary financial assistance for the most critical needs
  • Patient navigation and intensive care coordination
  • Diagnostics such as biopsies, ultrasounds, MRI’s and more