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Northeastern student sings, plays ukulele while running for breast cancer

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  October 25, 2012 10:26 AM

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By Johanna Kaiser, Town Correspondent

On Saturday, thousands of people were in South Boston to walk and run in the Susan G. Komen’s 20th annual Race for the Cure, but only one crossed the finish line while singing and dancing.

Pattie Lin, a 20-year-old Northeastern University student, completed the 5K race while playing songs on her ukulele and followed by a group of fellow runners/singers/dancers.

In the process, Lin and her back-up singing team raised $2,015 for breast cancer care and research.

"Most people still think that I'm kidding," Lin said before the race. "But I think that makes it al more special."

Lin, a runner, said she decided to add the performance to her run to make it more challenging and so she could do more work for the cause.

"I do slow it way down," said Lin, who finished the approximately 3-mile race 33 minutes 53 seconds.

Lin slows down to make sure she doesn't run out of breath, but that doesn't always work out.

"Sometimes I get excited when I'm singing and speed up," said Lin, whose favorite song to play is Kung Fu Fighting.

"That’s the one song that really captures what ukulele is about, and everyone gets involved. Everyone kicks and makes karate sounds," she said.

As a physical therapy student, Lin has worked with people breast cancers survivors who are still facing lasting effects of the disease, such as significant swelling, that must be treated and monitored.

"That was the first time I really realized how long the battle of cancer lasts--even after the cancer is gone," she said. "I really wanted to do this so everyone is aware of how broad the issue is."


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