6,454 runners Race for a Cure

October 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Thousands of women wearing pink gathered in Fresno to honor breast cancer survivors Saturday as they walked to raise money and awareness.------------------------------------------------------
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The 10th annual Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" was held at Fresno State and after a very public battle with breast cancer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims was there as the events honorary chair woman.

Hundreds of women wore pink and carried roses, each a breast cancer survivor and an ambassador of hope.

"Breast cancer is not a death sentence you can survive and we are living proof of that," says Sheriff Mims.

Sheriff Mims was the honorary chair of Saturday's Komen Race for the Cure. She was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. "Earlier this year, my worst problem was the budget until I was diagnosed with breast cancer and then what was important fell into place for me," says Sheriff Mims.

Like Mims each of the survivors have a story.

Nette Pavlovich was diagnosed at 33, just six weeks before her wedding. "We went through and had doctor's appointments and had surgery done a couple of weeks before the wedding and got married and came back from the honeymoon and went straight into treatment."

Saturday, Pavlovich and other survivors walked with family and friends to celebrate life and honor those who have died.

But breast cancer doesn't just affect women. That's why 75 year old Mark Goldstein walks in events like this one all over the country and world. "I'm slow by design so that people pass me and they can see what I carry on my back, which is men share a breasted interest," says breast cancer survivor, Goldstein. "One of my missions is that men should not die from breast cancer out of ignorance."

All of the breast cancer survivors say they're walking to raise awareness and also show each other support because the fight against breast cancer is a battle people shouldn't go through alone.

Connie Wood, breast cancer survivor, says "We're a sisterhood. It's a sisterhood you don't want to belong to but if you're put into that category? awesome women supporting women."

Along with the survivor's walk, today's event also included a men and women's 5-K run. 75 percent of proceeds will stay right here in the valley, for awareness and treatment programs.

Today's race raised over $400,000 to fund breast cancer research and community health programs for the medically underserved in the Central Valley area.

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