Menifee USD Team Dedicates Race to Survivor Susan Rood

Picture of the Survivor Sister Group Menifee USD team will wear on their race shirts. On Sunday, O...

Picture of the Survivor Sister Group Menifee USD team will wear on their race shirts.
On Sunday, Oct 21 Menifee Unified School District’s team of over 122 members will Race For The Cure at Temecula Mall. This annual event gathers together teams of inspiring people and raises thousands of dollars for breast cancer research and support.

The event offers a little something for everyone and every pace, with a 5K self timed competitive race at 8 am, a 5K walk at 9 am, a 1.5 mile family walk, and a 1-mile run for those under 10 years old.

Together the Menifee USD team has raised $1,935 with that figure continuing to grow by the day. Each participant collects donations from friends, family, and local businesses. Seventy five percent of the money raised will stay here in the valley to help with mammograms or provide local resources for those who have been diagnosed.

This year the Menifee USD team will dedicate their race to Susan Rood, a 4th grade teacher at Ridgemoor Elementary School who has battled and beat breast cancer. After completing chemotherapy and 48 rounds of radiation she is back in the classroom and teaching again. Her positivity is an inspiration to many.

Team Captain and breast cancer survivor, Pat Laugalis, says, “ I have been really impressed with how Menifee USD gets involved… everybody comes together to work together, whether they’re volunteering, racing, or helping… it’s very inspirational.”

The team will wear shirts with a picture on the back of the group of survivors they are honoring, included in the group picture are both Laugalis and Rood. In addition each participant will done pictures and names of cancer victims and survivors they are personally remembering or honoring.

Pat Laugalis with daughters, Breea Laugalis (right) and Erica Boyd (left).
If you would like to make a donation in the name of the Menifee USD team, please visit