Deployed Soldiers Run for Breast Cancer Awareness


KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Soldiers from 584th Mobility Augmentation Company held a breast cancer awareness 5K run at Forward Operating Base Walton Oct. 27 in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was held to spread awareness and support throughout the FOB and to the families touched by cancer back home.

According to U.S. Army Capt. Joseph Frederick, 584th MAC commander, Task Force Outlaw, this is a topic that his soldiers are passionate about, and wanted to bring awareness and support to.

Pfc. Trevor Gregorvich of 584th MAC’s 3rd Platoon influenced all around him through his contagious passion to support the planning and preparation of the event. Despite being deployed, he said he became inspired to plan and execute this run.

“No matter what your situation is, you can make an impact,” said Gregorvich.

Gregorvich explained that his mother-in-law, Leslie Moddy, inspired him to create this run. She fought cancer and won five years ago. He donned a shirt that read, “I run for Leslie Moody” in support of her and her victory.

Each participant wore a sign that proudly said “I run for” and they inscribed the person that inspired them to run the race.

The signs are pinned to the custom pink shirts that Sgt. First Class Melendez designed and Capt. Frederick purchased in support of the event. The shirts displayed a Wooly Bully protecting second base from breast cancer, who is trying to steal it. The shirt represents the company, the cause and the fight that impacts so many people.

To help support the cause, more than 80 participants from the FOB participated in the 5K. The runners came from three battalions and five companies to participate in the event.

“Everybody knows what they are running for; not an award, but for the people out there struggling with cancer,” Gregorvich asserted. “We are here today to support [awareness of] this particular cancer."

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