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Here’s another great reason to drive a Ford, ladies!

As October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month fast approaches, Ford Motor Company, with the assistance of entertainer Patti LaBelle, professional trainer Bob Greene, (who counts Oprah Winfrey among his many famous clients), and Bart Yasso, Race Services Manager for Runner's World magazine, is helping breast cancer survivor Stephanie Gorman of St. Louis, Mo., 'Go the Extra Mile.' With their help, Gorman is preparing for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 21st. Participating in this race will afford her the platform to symbolize the strength and fighting spirit of breast cancer supporters/survivors from all over the country.

Earlier this year, Gorman, a survivor of breast cancer, submitted the winning essay* (Click Here to read it) in Ford's 'Go the Extra Mile' contest, a promotion for which LaBelle was Ford's national spokesperson. Gorman qualified for personal training and instruction in preparation for a national-level, full-scale marathon.

"I participated in a 5K race three days after surgery, nearly had to be carried to the finish line, but crossed the line with the support of friends...there's definitely strength in numbers, and I continue to run for those who aren't as lucky to have the support that surrounds me," says Gorman. "Ford has given me a unique opportunity to push my body to the limit in Philadelphia later this year, but also the support and tools to make this challenge, like the cancer I beat, completely winnable."

Gorman will receive on-going nutritional counseling from Greene via telephone in order to get her body in peak shape and will be provided with a customized training schedule by Yasso. In addition to being present in Philadelphia for Gorman's marathon race, Yasso's support also will include telephone calls to monitor progress as well as periodic in-person training sessions during Gorman's longer training runs.

“Runner's World” magazine will build a mini “Stephanie Gorman Web site” as part of www.runnersworld.com labeled "Profile in Courage." The mini-site will feature Gorman's personal survival story, an explanation of why she runs and examples of what motivates her to "go the extra mile." Her customized training regimen developed by Yasso, also will appear along with daily postings from Gorman on her training and her general thoughts on the challenge ahead.

"Ford is very fortunate to be working with such an amazing woman who has battled through so much just to get to where she is today," said Connie Fontaine, Ford Division Associations and Alliances Manager. "The company's decade-long support for the Komen Foundation and breast cancer awareness is so much more than corporate funding, and it's programs like 'Go the Extra Mile' which allow Ford to actually meet and work with the people who exemplify the courage and spirit that is an inspiration to us all."

All of us here at Dish Magazine will be rooting for Stephanie on November 21, and we hope you all will be too!

Komen Race for the Cure® Series/ The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Since 1995, Ford has been a National Sponsor of the Komen Race for the Cure® Series. The Komen Race Series began in Dallas in 1983 as a local Race drawing 800 participants and has grown into a series of more than 100 Races with 1.5 million participants expected this year.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Goodman Brinker in memory of her sister, Susan Goodman Komen, who died from the disease at age 36. More than 20 years later, the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer and is the world's largest private funder of breast cancer research and community outreach programs. To help make breast cancer a national priority, go to www.ActNowandbreastcancer.org and raise the consciousness of the presidential candidates by writing to them using the easy form you’ll find on the site.

Ford Division, its dealers and employee groups, a ten-year supporter, have contributed more than $80 million toward breast cancer awareness, education and research. For more information about the Komen Foundation, visit www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National, Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).

For more information regarding Ford's breast cancer awareness initiatives, visit www.fordvehicles.com/thecause.

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