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Thousands of San Diegans Race for the Cure

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Thousands of runners and walkers took to the streets near Balboa Park Sunday morning for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure.

The annual 5K raises money for breast cancer education and support services.

This is the 17th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. As of this morning, more than 12,000 people had signed up -- 1,000 of them are survivors.

Though there were plenty of people, including KFMB employees, to support both runners and walkers along the way --  for many who took part in this year's Race for the Cure the only inspiration they needed came from within. 

"My last treatment was in '07 and I had to have radiation. My son was in the Air Force at the time and I didn't think I'd make it, but I did."

Karen McGurn is a three-time breast cancer survivor. Her husband Eric walked with her Sunday after having been by her side during every medical appointment. 

"I'm involved just as much as she is," he said. 

Survivors like Karen, as well as those who have lost their fight, were honored during an emotional pre-race ceremony, which included a choir performance that brought the crowd to tears. 

"We're proud to be pink warriors with you."

Our own Barbara-Lee Edwards served as emcee. One of the women she shared the stage with was honorary survivor Robin Marella.

"I feel that it's not just my story...it's your story," Marella said.

Robin lost her mom to breast cancer 14 years ago. Three years after that she herself was diagnosed.

"It's very emotional because I look at women who have just been diagnosed, and it brings back a lot of memories," she said. 

Aside from creating a sense of solidarity and hope -- race organizers say their mission is to educate others about the importance of early detection and provide support to the nearly 235,000 men and women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.  

"No other 5K has the impact that this one has on breast cancer and on this community because every dollar raised stays right here in San Diego," Komen SD executive director Laura Farmer Sherman said. 

 


 

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People who passed the finish line Sunday helped raise more than $1.1 million. KFMB CBS News 8's parent company is a proud sponsor of the race for the cure.

Since 1995 Komen San Diego has raised more than $11.9 million to fund local non-profits.

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