August 30, 2014 Alicia Turner
August 30, 2014 5:14 pm
Roller derby girls are some of the toughest athletes out there, but, they also have a soft spot for a special cause.
Fishnets and a 5k’s aren't a common duo but Saturday the combo was in support of great cause
The RollerGirls of Tallahassee held a Fishnet 5k to raise money and awareness for cervical cancer in honor of a fallen teammate said teammate Erika Frisby-Moore.
"We watched Stephanie sort of deteriorate with her this disease, from an incredible strong part of our team and then we lost her to cervical cancer. Those of us who knew her understand what an amazingly powerful and destructive disease cervical cancer is,” Moore says.
Last year the derby decided to set up a fund in Stephanie’s honor to make sure women could get yearly pap smears
The team says the goal is to provide care for women who don’t have access to it, because early detection is critical.
Saturday was in part about someone who lost the battle to the disease, But it was also a time for those like Charlsy Affuso who won her battle to show how important early detection is.
"I've been in remission since 2009 I was diagnosed in 2006 and so this is really important to make it aware to everyone that cervical cancer is very serious and we should all take care of ourselves," Affuso said.
More than 140 runners were dressed in their best leg gear for the 3.1 mile run.