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Thousands Race For The Cure

There was a sea of pink in Tyler Saturday morning as thousands of East Texans gathered to help fight breast cancer.  The event gets bigger and bigger every year.  The Tyler Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raised $240,000 last year, an amount organizers expect to beat this year. 

Just stop anyone at Bergfeld Park in Tyler Saturday, and there's a good chance they know someone affected by breast cancer.

"I'm walking for my mom Lori Humphries," said Madison Humphries. "She is a six year survivor." It's the word survivor, that brought all the ladies in pink together, and thousands of others to celebrate life.

"I just feel like we need to celebrate being able to find a cure because I feel like we can eventually," said breast cancer survivor Judy Sublette.   There is reason to celebrate.  Before the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the breast cancer survival rate was just 74 percent. Today, it's 98 percent.

"I'm finished with my treatments, and I'm moving on with life because it's beautiful," said breast cancer survivor Brenda Simmons. For those battling the disease and not able to make it Saturday morning's race, the survivors have some advice.

"Don't give up.  You know keep your spirits up," said Simmons. 

"Keep a positive attitude," said breast cancer survivor Marie Bolue.  "Don't dwell on it and keep on living."  In the 25 years since the Komen Foundations inception, the organization has raised nearly a billion dollars.  The winner of Saturday's 5K run finished in just 16 minutes.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.


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