This month, we’re celebrating the women in our lives who inspire us to take better care of ourselves and pursue our health goals. Read stories from Northwest residents about the inspiring women behind their achievements and community involvement in our Women Who Inspire series.
Name: Jim Havens
Job: President and CEO of LifeWise Health Plan of Washington
ANW: Who inspired you to get involved with Race for the Cure?
JH: When my wife and I first moved to Washington, my wife’s best friend was battling Stage 4 breast cancer which really became the catalyst for our family’s heavy involvement with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
ANW: What is inspiring about your wife’s best friend?
JH: She fought breast cancer with so much grace, even through the ups and downs of remission. And she didn’t let the disease define her. The last time she participated in Race for the Cure she was in a wheelchair due to undergoing chemotherapy. But she never made excuses for herself, she didn’t want any pity, and she was very selfless for her children.
ANW: Why is it important for you to support Race for the Cure?
JH: First, it’s a terrific organization and it does so much for the Pacific Northwest community. From education, early detection and patient navigation, Susan G. Komen touches tens of thousands of women. Second, I’m a friend and a family member of many people who have survived or are battling breast cancer. I also have many touch points with the devastating disease – my wife is high risk, my best friend lost three sisters to the disease and my coworker at a previous job lost his young wife when she chose to carry their second child to term rather than get treatment for herself.
That is why it’s very important for me, my family and LifeWise to support Race for the Cure. It’s a powerful event. And it’s a terrific way for us to come together to move breast cancer awareness and funding a little bit further.
Join LifeWise and I this weekend to celebrate inspiring women in their fight against breast cancer. I’ll be at the finish line cheering racers on in my LifeWise shirt and pink boa – be sure to say hi!