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APSU nursing program supports breast cancer research at 5K race

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The fight against breast cancer received a boost last month when more than 30 members of the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing participated in the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood.

Rebecca MacAdam, a senior nursing student, organized APSU’s participation in the event, with APSU raising more than $2,300 for breast cancer research.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The fight against breast cancer received a boost last month when more than 30 members of the Austin Peay State University School of Nursing participated in the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood.

Rebecca MacAdam, a senior nursing student, organized APSU’s participation in the event, with APSU raising more than $2,300 for breast cancer research.

“Rebecca exhibited excellent leadership skills in making this outstanding contribution to breast health a reality within the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Patty Orr, director of the APSU School of Nursing and associate professor and occupant of the Lenora C. Reuther Chair of Excellence in Nursing. “Much of this money comes back to Montgomery County to assist the underserved population in obtaining mammograms.”

Earlier this year, the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded a $35,985 grant to the APSU School of Nursing and the Montgomery County Health Department to provide mammography services to underserved women in this area. Because of that grant, the University’s name was prominently displayed in a program distributed at the race.

More than 20,000 people participated in the race on Oct. 25, and Krysta Adkins, an APSU nursing student, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 19 minutes and 32 seconds. In addition to Adkins, the APSU contingent that day consisted of 30 nursing students and three faculty members: Orr, Dr. Debbie Ellison and Kristen Hershey.

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Photo cutline: Krysta Adkins, an APSU nursing student, shows off her winning time at the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure 5K in Brentwood.