Race For Cure Called Success

More than 5,000 people took to the streets of Tyler Saturday hoping to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. The 6th annual Komen Tyler Race for the Cure was held at Bergfeld Park.

Among the thousands who showed up, more than 300 were breast cancer survivors. One of those survivors has turned the event into a family affair.

At first glance Freda Crosby looks like the other breast cancer survivors, the pink shirts give them away. But at this race, this grandmother is anything but ordinary.

"I was diagnosed in December (of 1999) and then I had my mastectomy and I told my girls all I really wanted for mothers day was for them to walk with me in the Tyler race," Crosby said.

That wish has come true. What started out as a group of 10 or 11 five years ago, has grown. More than 25 people showed up this year. Armed with shirts, and signs they all came out to support Freda.

"She looks forward to this because we start planning for it like in January we send out our letter to get our donations we start getting our signs ready and our shirts ready, I mean she gets so excited this whole week she's just been so excited for this day," said daughter Susan Crosby.

Freda admits, she does like the support, but as a survivor knows it has a much deeper meaning.

"We just feel so strongly about this race that it does so much good," Freda said. "I have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters so I'm hoping for a cure before it happens to them."

Freda's family raised over $2,500 dollars for the Komen Tyler Race for the Cure. Organizers say it's folks like Freda who help to make the Tyler race such a success.

Chris Gibson, reporting