Chelsea Todaro, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 Local News
WEST PALM BEACH
A choir conductor who will lead the national anthem at Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown West Palm Beach is grateful to honor her late grandmother who died from breast cancer.
Erica Barnes works with the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ Encore Choir, a special choral group that will be also be performing at the singing at the survivor ceremony after the races at the Meyer Amphitheatre. The Young Singers, composed of middle school boys and girls, will sing other numbers that include “Stronger” and “Thankful.”
This is the first time the group will be singing at the Komen Race for the Cure, and some members will also participate in the race.
For Barnes, this is more than just a performance — it’s a way to cherish her grandmother’s life and show gratitude for other cancer victims, survivors and family and friends affected by the disease.
“So many of our lives have been touched by breast cancer, and I am proud to participate through song in honor of my grandmother, Camille,” Barnes said.
Barnes has participated in the race since her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1990s.
“For many years we’ve got groups together wearing shirts with her face on it,” Barnes said. “It started once my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought for about four or five years.”
Barnes, who was a student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, said she used to sing at other breast cancer benefits with her grandmother, and Saturday will not be the first time she has performed at the Komen race.
“The year after she passed, I had the privilege of singing ‘Hero’ at the Komen, now to be leading a choir of students as they sing, it’s an honor that touches my heart. She was a strong-willed survivor for many years, and I know she will be looking upon us with joy,” Barnes said.
Race day information
Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach
When: The race site opens at 5:30 a.m. Saturday with registration at Palm Beach Post Centennial Park, followed by activities throughout the morning, including:
7:30 a.m.: Women’s 5K USATF Run
8:15 a.m.: Men’s 5K USATF Run
9 a.m.: Team 5K Walk
9:15 a.m.: 5K Walk
9:30 a.m.: 1-mile Family Fun Walk at Post Park/Runner’s Ceremony
10 a.m.: Tots Run (ages 5 and under)
10:10 a.m.: Kids Run (ages 6-12)
10:20 a.m.: Awards Ceremony at Meyer Amphitheatre
10:30 a.m.: Survivor Recognition Ceremony at Meyer Amphitheatre
Registration: Visit komensouthflorida.org/race; onsite registration will also be available the day of the race, beginning at 5:30 a.m.; registration fees start at $10 for children, $35 for untimed participants and $40 for timed participants.
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