Thousands came together this morning to help end the battle of breast cancer, by racing for the cure.
For the 25th consecutive year, thousands wore pink and walked the 3.5 mile course in support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Lisa Hoff Davis, the races executive director says, “At last count, I believe we were sitting at 2,700, which is incredible because we have three levels of our fundraising. We have pre event sponsorship, we have event fees, and then we have personal fundraising that we have for our participants.”
Setting up the event was a challenge for the crew as last night’s high winds pushed their set up back a couple of hours.
However, they were able to get everything ready for the early events.
Hoff Davis says, “We’ve been here a long time today, but we’re happy to stay and celebrate with all of these participants, and the survivors especially.”
Eveline Rivers , a breast cancer survivor could not believe she was selected as the honorary chairman.
Eveline Rivers, honory chairman says, “Well I was called by the co-chairs of the event and ask if I wanted to do it, and I was so honored, so humbled by this experience, I’m just blessed.”
Survivors we spoke with say seeing the support from the community is such an uplifting thing to be a part of after they have finished the toughest fight of their lives.
Millie Bingham, a breast cancer survivor says, “To be a survivor and walk and you look around at all of these people who are supporting you, makes you fell really special.”
“You see this Kleenex?” says Rivers. “I cried all morning long because of the support because of the encouragement. Because all of us who are here, being survivors, being backed up by those who support us.”
Officials say 75% of the funds raised will stay right here in Amarillo.
That’s because the foundation will continue to collect donations through October.
Next month is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Event directors say they can’t give us a number on how much money has been raised for the Komen Foundation, just yet.
For more information on the race if you’re interested in donating or racing next year click here.