Thousands of Amarilloans Race for the Cure

It's an unfortunate connection that brought thousands of people in our community together.

The Susan G. Komen Amarillo Race for the Cure crowded the streets of downtown Amarillo.

Eric Miller from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce says, "you have to feel great. It gets you right in your heart.   People in Amarillo care, and that's important."

More than 6,000 people put on pink, and hit the downtown streets, walking and running for loved ones lost and survivors.

"My wife died about seven years ago."
"And i'm a breast cancer from 2005 and my daughter graduated from Amarillo High this year.  She designed our t-shirts."
"I'm honoring two of my friends that are cancer free now."
"My aunt is a two year survivor.  Today is her day and we are just out here to have fun."

September 28 marked the 23rd Annual Amarillo Race for the Cure.

The goal of the race is to not only raise funds for local breast health programs, but to also raise awareness.

"We're having a good time this morning."

Men, women, and children of all ages came out to show their support, and it didn't go unrecognized.

"It really brings a tear to your eye to know that everybody is out here supporting breast cancer."
"It's nice to see that our community supports breast cancer survivors, and my sister is one of them."
"We're just happy to support the community.  Yes we are, it just feels good.":

Race goers were able to enjoy a showcase expo presented by national and local sponsors, and plenty of activities for the kids.

Our very own Jackie Kingston emceed the race, and there were a few other familiar faces in the crowd.

Races like this one have allowed Komen Amarillo to distribute over $1.5 million to community based programs in the Texas Panhandle.

"We're here every year and it's so awesome to see all the different survivors."

Many we spoke with tell us this isn't their first race, and it most definitely won't be their last.

Nearly 75% of the funds raised at the race will stay right here in the Texas Panhandle, going toward more research and finding a cure.

The remaining 25%  will go to fund national resarch.

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