About Rachel Newbauer
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, nearly 15,000 people will gather in downtown Denver, Colorado to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½. Many of these participants will be part of a team dedicated to fighting prostate cancer—Athletes for a Cure—the fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Included in this elite group is Rachel Newbauer, a Denver resident who is committed to making prostate cancer a disease of the past, one mile at a time.
Rachel, like millions of others, thought cancer would never affect her. But, in 2006, Rachel’s dad Dean was unexpectedly diagnosed with prostate cancer, instantly changing her family’s perspective on life. Dean had a radical prostatectomy and thankfully, needed no additional treatment. Today, he is strong, healthy and living life to the fullest.
This extra chance at life for Dean was Rachel’s inspiration to join Athletes for a Cure and participate in the marathon.
“I swore I would never run long distance again,” explained Rachel. “However, when I saw that the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Athletes for a Cure was chosen for the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, I took it as a sign from God that I needed to run one more race. What better way to give back and raise awareness than to champion for such a wonderful Foundation.”
Rachel looks forward to wearing the official Athletes for a Cure uniform and having her dad cheer for her on race day. She also looks forward to the sense of accomplishment knowing she helped raise awareness and funds that may ultimately save a man’s life.
“Participating in any program designed to raise awareness gives you more of a drive and determination to finish—and finish strong,” Rachel shared. “Knowing the battle of those with prostate cancer go through made me truly appreciate all I have in life, appreciate what God gives me and strive to be the best I can be.”