Thousands 'Race for the Cure' to fight cancer

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 12:31 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A sea of people filled the streets around Slugger Field.

These are fighters armed with pink wings, wigs and bright smiles fighting to cure cancer.

Caroline Johnson was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in June.

“We need to find better ways to detect breast cancer. Some day maybe we’ll have a vaccine for it and that only comes with dollars for research,” Johnson said.

All 6,000 participants had their reasons for being at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Louisville.

“One of my best friends Jinny – her mom Fila Vincent is a survivor,” Shelly Cameron, the female division winner said.

“One of our friends lost her mother to cancer and we’re here to support her,” race participant Chris Parks said.

Jacob Bolus was the first to cross the finish line. Bolus was racing for his mother.

“In ’09 we found something on her and thankfully we got it out in time but now she’s dealing with other health issues. But anytime I can come out here and support her and show her I care and bring a smile to her face I will,” he said.

The perfect weather brought many smiles to the 5K course as WHAS11 meteorologist Reed Yadon did his morning weather report from the scene.

Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Brooke Katz and Kelsey Starks emceed the event that had women who have been fighting cancer for more than 20 years walking and running with it.

Race for the Cure says between 10,000 and 15,000 people turned out for the event today and between $600,000 and $700,000 was raised.

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