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5/7/05-Tyler

More Than 5,000 Participants Turn Out For Tyler Komen Race For the Cure

More than 5,000 strong, folks of all ages raced for a cure Saturday morning.
The Tyler Komen Race for the Cure was held in grand fashion at Bergfeld Park.
Their efforts were all to support the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year. Among the thousands Saturday that crossed the finish line was Letetia Beggs.
Letetia has been the first survivor to cross the finish line for 5 years straight. Diagnosed twice with breast cancer, Letetia said she runs for her family and all her friends.
"I just love this race, I'm so happy right now," she said right after she crossed the finish. "I haven't made 5 years yet without cancer, you know that's that big mark that every cancer survivor wants is 5 years. I plan on making that mark, but today at least I got to say I've won 5 races. I'm so happy!"
"It just means so much," said race co-chairman Laurie Humphries. "I just celebrated my 5 year survivorship this week and I just passed that 5 year mark so it just means a lot."
More than 4,700 runners, 200 volunteers, and 365 breast cancer survivors gave of their Saturday morning. It was the largest turn out for the Tyler race.
Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from Saturday's race will go towards cancer research in Tyler.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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