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5/10/08--Tyler

Thousands Of Survivors And Supporters Race For The Cure In Tyler

Erica Sackville rubbed the top of her newly-dyed pick head, shortly after she crossed the finish line.  "This is it coming back," she said.  "I had to color it pink for the race."

Sackville participated in her first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k, Saturday morning.  She said the experience is one she'll never forget.  One year ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"It was a life changing experience.  You don't know what to expect," she said.  "I've played with the wigs, played with the hair," she said laughing.  "I've had fun with it."

Spirits were high, Saturday, as survivors with different stories, at different stages of treatment, celebrated life, together.

"We share a lot of things," said Barbara Robinson.  She and her sister, Neda Charlton, are both six-year breast cancer survivors.  Saturday, they crossed the finish line together. 

"It wasn't something we wanted to share, but if we had to have it, it was nice that we could do it together," said Robinson.

But the day was not solely about the race. 

Lisa Smith was a running buddy.  She said it was amazing to see how much support the community showed.  "You don't realize it until you come out here and see everyone in pink." 

For the survivors, the support was just one of the rewards.

"I met a lady who said she's a 21-year survivor, and it just gives me hope and lets me know I can be a survivor for that long," said Deitra Barrett.

Many were inspired, with one dream in sight.

"Our eventual goal is not to have to have a race because there won't be anymore breast cancer," said Ellen Peirce, a spokesperson with the Komen Foundation.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

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