Cynthia Rarey Dyas
Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991, and by 1992 she had become actively involved in both the fight against cancer and advocating for improvements in patient care.
She was active in bringing the Race for the Cure to Columbus. The first race was held in 1993 with approximately 800 runners and walkers. By 2010, that number had increased to 50,000 participants. Over the years, with the work of thousands of volunteers, the Race has raised more than $14 million to support Ohio cancer research and grants. Cindy was a member of the Columbus Komen Board since it was formed, chaired the VIP Reception and Awards Committee, and walked in every race but one before she passed away in December 2005.
Cindy was awarded the Komen Cameo Award at the national level in 2003, the highest honor given to a volunteer. In the spring of 2005, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure dedicated the Cindy Dyas Award of Heroism, presented annually to a long-term breast cancer survivor whose courage and determination in the fight against thisdisease has advanced the search for a cure and given strength to others.
Cindy was a lifelong resident of Upper Arlington, raising three daughters with her husband Mike and playing an active role in theUpper Arlington Lutheran Church. She also served on the Pleasure Guild of Children's Hospital from 1998-2002, was a charter memberof the Buckeye Ranch Sustaining Board VIII, and was honored as a UA Rotary Woman of the Year in 1994.