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"Swing for Life" Joins "Race for a Cure" at Miller Motorsports

"Swing for Life" Joins "Race for a Cure" at Miller Motorsports

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Ashley Hayes ReportingFor the past five years, Kathy Howa has rallied her middle school students and the community to play in her annual softball match, raising money for breast cancer research.

"Swing for Life" has grown into a monster of a fundraiser, and most recently Howa's efforts were honored on the racetrack by an out-of-towner.

Kathy's cancer crusade caught the attention of another woman, a young Texan who is burning rubber in a "speed for a cure." The two met and joined together recently to fight cancer at the Miller Motorsports Park.

Their enthusiasm for the cause is contagious, and together they hope to spread awareness beyond state borders throughout the U.S.

Lindsey Adams is a 20-year-old Formula BMW race car driver. In a male-dominated sport, her car is hard to miss: it's pink and black, the National Breast Cancer Foundation's recognized colors.

Adams started racing to raise money and awareness for breast cancer after her mother suffered a recent relapse.

Her mother, Debbie Adams, said, "Lindsey came to me and said, 'Mom, I want to turn my racing into racing for breast cancer. I want to try to stop this from happening with young people.'"

Lindsey Adams says, "It was about my mother. It was just an opportunity where I was, like, 'This is someone that is my life and I want to do something to prevent, maybe, some other girl from losing their mother or sister or daughter.'"

With the help of her mother, Lindsey honors a breast cancer survivor in each state she competes in. At Miller Motorsports Park she recognized Kathy Howa, who now joins Adams' Survivors circle.

Kathy Howa tells us, "This experience was so overwhelming because I feel honored to be able to represent our state as a breast cancer survivor. First of all, to be alive is the best ever."

This year Kathy Howa's Swing for Life raised $72,000, up from $52,000 last year. She and her students presented the check to the Huntsman Cancer Institute earlier this month.

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