Race for Cure names chairs
This year the Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Race has selected Bryan Jelinski as honorary chair and Kim Rhett as honorary survivor chair for the June 29 race at Forestview Middle School.
Jelinski is the store director at the Brainerd Cub Foods and has worked for Steve and Ruth Quisberg since moving to the Brainerd lakes area in 1985. Brainerd and Baxter Cub Foods officials said they are proud to be locally owned and operated and support community events such as Race for the Cure.
Since the first race 14 years ago, Cub has provided much of the food and water for the volunteers and racers. Cub has also printed and distributed tens of thousands of grocery bags each year with race information.
Jelinski also supports Brainerd’s Race for the Cure because breast cancer has touched the “Cub Family”. Cub’s co-owner, Ruth Quisberg was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2011. Today, race officials said because of new research, she is doing amazingly well in her recovery. As honorary chair, Jelinski said he honors her and all the other Cub employees who have been affected by breast cancer.
Kim Rhett is a breast cancer survivor who has lived in the Brainerd lakes area since 1992. At the age of 33, her first mammogram showed a lump and upon further testing, the biopsy diagnosed cancer. Through radiation and chemotherapy, she continued to raise her three children, Brian, Matthew and Kara. Twelve years later cancer returned in 2005. Knowing that both of her grandmothers had breast cancer, Rhett chose a mastectomy and endured chemotherapy once again. In 2012 Rhett underwent a successful brain surgery as it had traveled to her brain, lungs and sternum.
Rhett said the Brainerd lakes area provided the stable home base for her in coping with cancer through exceptional medical care, resources and a supportive work environment at Bremer Bank. Her husband Tom, her children Brian, Matthew and Kara and her parents have all witnessed her incredible strength.
Anyone wishing to register for this year’s race may visit the website:www.komenbrainerdlakes.org.