PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) participated in the 7th Annual Pink Ribbon 5k at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), Oct. 5.
Approximately 350 runners assigned to Truman, Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), and NMCP participated in the race to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In 2007, more than 200,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more than 40,000 of those women died from the disease.
"I ran the 5k all the way, and the whole time, I was thinking about my sister who had cancer," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Lilia Llamas, from San Diego, Calif., who is assigned to Truman's air department. "She was definitely with me today."
The 5k was one of several community relations projects Truman Sailors participated in during Truman's docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) at NNSY.
"When we participate in these events, it shows that we are not just focused on being the best ship in the fleet, but that we can contribute to the local community too," said Llamas.
More than 30 Sailors also volunteered for the event, handing out water along the course, directing traffic and ensuring the runners' safety, said Jacqueline Stiffler, fitness specialist with Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) at NNSY and the Pink Ribbon 5k event coordinator.
"Truman's involvement was great," said Stiffler. "We asked Truman for volunteers and got a great turnout for volunteers and runners."
Getting Sailors and their families to support a healthy lifestyle during the 5k is especially important in breast cancer prevention, said Stiffler.
Staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women, according to the CDC.
Truman is undergoing DPIA to conduct maintenance on and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is scheduled to return to the fleet in the summer of 2012.
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