Ta-ta Trot returns to Plymouth to raise awareness

PLYMOUTH — At 9 a.m. Saturday June 29, Plymouth Ounce of Prevention will be hosting its 5th run/walk fundraiser for breast cancer awareness in Marshall County, the “Ta-Ta Trot.”

Anyone can register for the event up until the day of, but the t-shirt deadline is Tuesday June 18. Forms are online or can be picked up at the Oliver Ford Lincoln dealership at 1001 E. Jefferson St. in Plymouth.

“Ta-Ta Trot” is one of Plymouth Ounce of Prevention’s many events to raise breast cancer awareness and support systems. Registration starts at 7:30a.m. and will begin behind Oliver Ford Lincoln in Plymouth taking place through Green Way Trails/Plymouth Centennial Park. It is a tribute to the founder of the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust and Plymouth High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who lost her fight to cancer in March 2008, Nancy Jaynes.

“Nancy was a great asset in getting the trot started because of all the help and support she gave to the Oliver girls before she lost her life to this dreaded disease,” said Jennifer Houin, co-founder of Plymouth Ounce of Prevention.

Each year a breast cancer survivor in the area is crowned. This year’s 2013 TaTa Trot Queen recipient is Charlotte Stone. Former queens include Patti Bates, Billie Kimble, Donnabelle and Judy Newburg, and Joan Hunt.
“These queens are very near and dear to us and we like to show them off every year at our race,” said Houin.

Approximately 180 people participated in last year’s TaTa Trot raising $2,050 back to the Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarship of up to $1,500 is for college or post-secondary technical schooling, awarded to Indiana High School senior/s whose parent is currently battling breast cancer or who has lost a parent to breast cancer.

“Each year we hope to gain more people that have been touched by any kind of cancer,” said Houin, “Just to reach out there and show them how much we really care.”

The Coffee Lodge will be making drinks and Lake City Bank will have their Mobile Music Machine to assist with music and presentations. Rod Miller, Fire Chief and EMS Director, with the Fire Department will be bringing a fire truck to keep participants cool and an ambulance service as a precautionary measure.

Houin said, “We hope everyone pulls out their pink gear and comes out to join us for a fun morning!”

The organization was established in 2003 by Jennifer Oliver Houin and Jessica Oliver after loosing two grandmothers to breast cancer. It was not very long before the women would encounter breast cancer again, their brother John’s wife was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 32.
The two sisters decided to take action after the frustration brought about by the disease. They sought to increase awareness and raise funds for those fighting breast cancer in Marshall County.

The goal of Plymouth Ounce Prevention is to support the local need by raising money locally, invested locally, so people they may pass on the street or grocery store can be helped. Assistance from the organization is not restricted by age, economic or belief status as other support systems are, it is available to all in need.

Every year Ounce of Prevention selects where to allocate their funds. The organization does so before the run/walk begins. This year they will be handing $1,000 to PHS Health Careers Class, $2,000 to the Marshall County Cancer Association, $2,050 to the Nancy Jaynes Memorial Scholarship, $2,500 to IU Starke and Community Hospital of Bremen, $2,700 to Hello Gorgeous/C.C. Hair Co., $3,000 St. Joseph Radiology-Plymouth and St. Joseph Cancer Institute, $3,500 to St. Joseph Health Center, with $6,000 going to Ounce of Prevention Breast Cancer Scholarship.

Other organizations participating but not limited to in the “TaTa Trot” are “Pretty In Pink” volunteers, Ancilla College, Hello Gorgeous, FOP #195, Dennie Graphics. Also participating include the PHS Football Team with the PHS Cheer Block helping with water stops and registrations.

(This story was published in the June 18 edition of the Pilot News.)