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More than 9,000 people gathered in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning for the Susan G. Komen race. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
Over 9,000 people filled the streets with pink surrounding the Soldier Memorial on Saturday morning, June 9. The 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure took place to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Before the 5k run/walk started, dozens of breast cancers survivors did their own march down Chestnut St. to celebrate beating this deadly disease.
One of those survivors was Linda Evans. “I’ve had it twice and each time they were able to remove it, which is such a blessing,” said Evans.
However, she walks in this race to remember her daughter who did not survive breast cancer. Her daughter died of an aggressive form of “Inflammatory Breast Cancer,” which started as a rash and irritation on the breast.
“Usually a doctor will treat it for an irritation and then it just gets worse immediately. So if you have any signs of a breast irritation, go to a doctor and get it checked out just in case,” said Evans.
The executive director of Susan G. Komen, Suzanne Fontaine, is also a survivor.
“I’m a 13 year breast cancer survivor myself, so I understand what it feels like to hear the words, ‘You have cancer,'” said Fontaine. She says 75% of the money raised in this race will stay in the bi-state St. Louis and Southern Illinois area to fund breast cancer research.
Washington University Oncology department was already awarded a 5 year grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Missouri to test new cures for breast cancer.
Organizers hope the energy to find a cure for breast cancer continues beyond race day. “We still have a lot of work to do, our work is not done,” said Fontaine.
To donate to Susan G. Komen of Missouri, click here.