Thousands attend Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 7:02pm

Thousands of people got up bright and early and headed over to Cohen stadium to show their support and hope in finding a cure for breast cancer.

Clad in pink, some even with pink hair ran and cheered for the Susan G.Komen Race for the Cure.

"A day of unity and to celebrate those who have beat it and those that are fighting it," said Breast Cancer survivor Elma Navedo.

Breast cancer survivors like Pat Gallardo say the race is a strong support system for patients like herself.

"From everyone I mean people you don't even know. The survivors go in line and you feel the clapping and the cheering for you, you can't help but cry because its like a big hug from everybody," said Gallardo.

Everyone has a story, whether they beat the disease themselves or lost a loved one to it.

"Mamita Chelo, that's what we used to call her. It's very unfortunate but I'm happy to see all the survivors luckily that had won this battle. It was a very sad experience and I miss her dearly. She was like a mom to me. I miss her very much," said Vanessa Maldonado, who lost her grandmother to the disease.

Lizette Varela races with thirty five other people to support her boss who beat breast cancer.

“Our team name was actually chosen by my boss' son. He drew and designed our shirts," said Varela. “That's everything anyone would want to be. That's something you look up to after everything she's been through. I admire her."

Crossing that line is a way to remember someone who's passed or someone who's fighting breast cancer now. It's also a way to help people beat cancer before it starts.

"If you find something, the early diagnosis will save your life," said Maldonado.



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