Renee’ Rogers will always be remembered for the passionate, selfless life she lived.
Her impact was widespread, touching many lives through community and church organizations, by honoring local student athletes and supporting numerous educational endeavors. She was also well known in the pageant circuit as the owner of Chelsea Couture in Shreveport, dressing many of the competitors in both the Miss Louisiana/Teen America and Miss Louisiana/Teen USA systems, and as the mother of Miss Louisiana 2003.
Renee’s main focus, though, was family and children. Tragically, Renee’ lost her life to pancreatic cancer on Nov. 24, 2013.
Her husband, Denny Rogers, said he doesn’t know if her loss will ever get easier. His mission now – to continue making a difference in Renee’s honor.
Denny is inviting the community to race in the morning and party at night. Renee’s Run is a two part event geared toward raising awareness and funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), a national organization that creates hope through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.
Last year’s event raised $40,000 for the organization. Denny hopes they exceed that amount this year.
“We are putting a face to this disease,” he said. “It knows no boundaries…male, female, race. There are 134 Americans diagnosed every day. Of those diagnosed within the last five years, 111 of them will lose their battle daily. We are focused on changing that.”
Of the major cancers, pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate. Pancreatic cancer is the only major cancer with a 5-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just 7 percent.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s vision is to double the survival rate by the year 2020. Funds raised through events like Renee’s Run will help increase investments in research, fuel efforts to develop early detection tools and provide better treatment options for patients.
A total of $2,700 will be paid out as follows in three categories: 18-34, 35-49, and 50 years and older. Registration prior to race day is $30 per adult over the age of 18 and $20 for children and young adults. Race Day Registration Fees are $35 per adult over the age of 18 and $25 for children and young adults.
Packet pick up prior to the event will be available starting Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Sportspectrum, located at 6970 Fern Ave. in Shreveport. Registration can be completed online at www.reneesrun.com or at www.sportspectrumusa.com.
The 2nd Annual Tiaras Tuxes & Tennis Shoes Gala will also be held Nov. 28 in the Eldorado Resort Casino in Downtown Shreveport. The event attire is unique, combining formal attire, tiaras and running shoes. Individual tickets are $75. Sponsorship tables are available. The gala includes dancing, Hors d’Oeuvres, entertainment and a cash bar. There will also be a live and silent auction.
All proceeds from the events will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a Four Star nonprofit organization as rated by Charity Navigator. They are a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
The charity, which is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, raises money for direct private funding of research and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for the disease through a bold initiative-The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. For more information, visit www.pancan.org.
Visit www.reneesrun.com or the Renee’s Run Facebook page for more information on the event.