A Race for the Cure

A Race for the Cure

A Race for the Cure

Captain Ray Smith is shown with some of his team members at the 2015 Komen Race for the Cure. Photo by Bob Pezzulich.

Captain Ray Smith is shown with some of his team members at the 2015 Komen Race for the Cure. Photo by Bob Pezzulich.

Ray Smith, who turns 90 years old on June 19, knows what he wants for his birthday: 90 women. And his wife, Carolyn, hopes he gets them. Ray, a walker in the annual Komen Vermont Race for the Cure for the past dozen years, states, “My wife got me into it. She’s been one of their volunteer treasurers forever.” He is the captain of Ray’s Girls, one of the Vermont Race’s larger teams. “In 2013 we had 11 members. In round numbers, last year we had about 42.” In last year’s event, Ray took fourth place in the Top 10 male walkers overall, with a time of 45:54. This year, Smith has set a lofty team fundraising goal of $5,000 to benefit women, men and families in Vermont and New Hampshire who are fighting the fight against breast cancer. “And really,” he said, “isn’t that what it’s all about?” To join Ray’s Girls’ at the 2016 Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, or to pledge money to the team’s cause, visit komenvtnh.org.

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