In anticipation of this year’s Race for the Cure, WTVP presents an interview with Linda Washkuhn, a driving force in the fight against breast cancer since the early 1980s—and in creating and building the Race for the Cure in Peoria.
Born in Springfield, Illinois, Linda grew up in Buffalo, New York. The daughter of a Special Agent for the FBI and Special Education teacher, Linda received her Bachelor’s Degree from Millikin University. She is the mother of two grown sons.
Linda and Susan G. Komen became close friends living in Peoria, Illinois. They met when Susan returned to her hometown and Linda moved back to the Midwest. With many shared interests and goals, they participated in Junior League activities and numerous charity fashion shows.
When Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer, Linda stayed by her side. Suzy lost her battle in 1980 at age 36. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was founded by Nancy Brinker, Suzy’s sister, to fund awareness, education and research in the international fight against breast cancer.
Linda discusses the life of her best friend, Susan G. Komen; her own involvement in the fight against breast cancer on a local, national and international level and the humble beginnings of Peoria’s Race for the Cure.