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5/13/06-Tyler

Thousands Attend Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

The line to run or walk in this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was as long as the eye could see. Every year, the event gets bigger and so does the money raised. Since 1999, the race in Tyler has raised more than one-million dollars for breast cancer research.

Everywhere you looked this morning, you saw pink. The balloons, the t-shirts, and even the bathrooms were decorated. Kathy Willingham is a 15-year breast cancer survivor. This year, she's walking with her family.

"It's not about this. It's about everybody and their future to me," said Willingham. "It's stopping it and making it go away."

"I'm a 17-year survivor and my mother had cancer, so I kind of expected it, but I don't expect it for my daughter and my granddaughters because of all the changes," said breast cancer survivor Jeannie Tayne.

This year's race touched close to home for us. KLTV had a team who walked in memory of a photographer's mother who passed away from breast cancer last year. Breast cancer survivors say it's an inspiration to see so many who care.

"The run was wonderful," said Melinda Lewis, who survived breast cancer. "I thank the Lord every single day for his blessings that he's given me, and it's wonderful."

Of the funds raised today, 75 percent will stay right here in East Texas. Twenty-five percent will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation award and research grant program.

Molly Reuter, reporting, mreuter@kltv.com

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