Honeycutt Teams With V Foundation In The Race For A Cure
After the loss of her dad, Don Painter, in 2014 to colon cancer, Wanda P. Honeycutt, RN, BSN, CCRP, began running. She participated in her first competitive race a year later when she took part in the 2015 CRUSH Colorectal 5K. That gateway competetive run led to her participation in several half marathons. Last year, however, Honeycutt competed in her first full marathon, and now she is training with her running group, Fleet Feet, for the 2018 New York City Marathon, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4.
“After participating my first marathon last year, I discovered I absolutely love running,” shared Honeycutt, an assistant research practice manager (ARPM) with Duke Cancer Institute. “This year, however, I’m making my run count in the fight against cancer.”
Honeycutt, whose mother, Ann Painter, succumbed to breast cancer in 2015, is teaming up with the Jimmy V Foundation, using her run as a means to raise funds for the cancer cause.
“I have always admired Jimmy Valvano and believe the V Foundation has provided a platform to both raise awareness and funds to help fight cancer,” wrote Honeycutt on her fundraising page. “The fact that I can combine my passion for running with my passion for fighting cancer is altogether very exciting.”
Pomodoro Italian Kitchen in Durham. The restaurant will donate a portion of all purchases (dine-in or takeout) to her fundraising efforts. She will also host a Wine and Design class led by artist Morgan Sumner on Monday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Los Tres Magueyes Mexican Restaurant, in Raleigh. Proceeds will benefit Honeycutt’s fundraising.Honeycutt, who was born and raised in Durham, will host a couple of fundraisers to help bolster her total. To date she has raised $1,640 toward a $4,500 goal. Fundraisers includes a dinner on Monday, Aug. 20 at
“When my parents were diagnosed with cancer and my father was treated with a first-line treatment I had worked to help bring to patients, I truly understood the impact clinical science has for those individuals not yet diagnosed,” shared Honeycutt, the mother two children. “Although I only began running three years ago, I have also come to realize the impact, when united with the cancer cause, that fundraising can have in helping to keep science moving forward to better treatments and maybe even cures."