Community Involvement – Race for Women’s Wellness

On Saturday, March 30th Stanton Optical employee Lynn Smythe competed in the Coral Springs Half Marathon. The event was part of the 8th Annual Women’s Wellness Race to benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.

The fund is named after breast cancer survivor Lisa Boccard who was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 1991. In 2003 she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, the same year the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund was founded. The fund, which provides free breast cancer screening mammograms to individual’s who could otherwise not afford the procedure, was started by Lisa along with her brother Vincent and sister-in-law Terry.

Race for Women’s Wellness

The Race for Women’s Wellness began as a 5K run in 2006 as a way to raise money for the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Broward Health Coral Springs organizes the event and decided to add a half marathon to this year’s race.

Coral Springs is celebrating their 50th birthday this year and the Race for Women’s Wellness is part of the city’s half century celebration. The 5K and half marathon races took place at the Sportsplex Special Events Area off of Sample Road in Coral Springs.

Stanton Optical Employee Competes in Half Marathon

Lynn works in the marketing department at the Stanton Optical corporate headquarters in Palm Springs, Florida. She started the Stanton Optical Community Involvement and Corporate Giving initiative after founder Daniel Stanton expressed interest in having his company and employees give back to the community through involvement with local and national philanthropic organizations.

Lynn mentions: “I travel all over Florida, and have even gone as far as California, to compete in various cycling and running events to raise money for non-profit charities. Getting up at 4 AM in the morning to run 13.1 miles to  help raise money for a worthwhile cause is pretty easy compared to anyone having to battle cancer.”