Personality: Susan G. Quisenberry

Spotlight on Central VA affiliate leader of Race for the Cure

5/6/2016, 5:59 p.m.
Susan G. Quisenberry volunteered to help with Richmond’s very first Race for the Cure in 1998 after both of her ...

Susan G. Quisenberry volunteered to help with Richmond’s very first Race for the Cure in 1998 after both of her parents succumbed to cancer during a nine-month span.

“A friend asked me to volunteer and I have been involved ever since,” she says.

Ms. Quisenberry will be pitching in again Saturday morning, May 7 — along with about 350 other volunteers on Brown’s Island in Downtown — when more than 4,5000 people are expected to gather for the 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

The usual 5K recreational run-walk will start at 9 a.m. New to the event is a 5K competitive run-walk that will start at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call (804) 320-1772 or go to www.komencentralva.org.

Ms. Quisenberry’s depth of involvement as a volunteer with the organization has grown through the years. She now serves as board president for the Central Virginia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

She was elected to serve a two-year term in April 2015.

She says the community-unifying Race for the Cure is important because “it helps to increase awareness and raises funds to support breast cancer education, screening and treatment within Central Virginia.”

Ms. Quisenberry says this year’s goal is to raise $400,000 at the event.

“Anyone is invited who wants to support our mission, run or walk a beautiful 5K course that twice crosses the James River,” Ms. Quisenberry notes, “as well as celebrate the women and men who are breast cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer.”

While she encourages participation, she has never actually walked or run in the event.

“I’m always too busy with my volunteer responsibilities,” she acknowledges.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with others who are currently going or have gone through the same thing and to feel the support of all who have come out to participate in the event,” she says.

This week’s Personality, Susan G. Quisenberry, is a vital volunteer for Race for the Cure:

Place of birth: Richmond.

Current residence: Richmond.

Family: Husband, Bob Quisenberry.

Occupation: IT consultant.

Alma mater: Bachelor’s degree, University of Richmond.

What makes the Race for the Cure so important and how would you describe the atmosphere as the event unfolds:

The race is our largest fundraiser of the year. The atmosphere is one of celebration and remembrance. It’s a fun event for those who want to do a timed run, as well as for those who want to run or walk in support of the cause. The breast cancer survivor walk before the start of the recreational 5K is a very moving event and the post-race fun on Brown’s Island has something for all ages.

How much has been raised since the Central Virginia Race for the Cure started in 1998: We have provided more than $5.8 million to local community programs that provide education, screening and treatment for those in need and $1.9 million to the Susan G. Komen Research Grants Program.