About 15,000 people turned out at Balboa Park bright and early Sunday, Nov. 2 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Our News 8 Buddies For Life team was out in full force, and our own Barbara-Lee Edwards was the event's emcee.
Others showing their support for breast cancer research include our morning team - Nichelle Medina, Dan Cohen and Natasha Stenbock. Meteorologists Shawn Styles and Matt Baylow also came out. Anchor Carlo Cecchetto had some thoughts after finishing the race.
"I feel good... real inspired, running behind people who kind of tell the stories of why they're here. One lady said on her back she had written out 'I miss my mom' and her friend had written on her 'I'm with her'. It's just nice to see that kind of comaraderie supporting the cause of the cure, because we need to find one," he said.
News 8's Adrienne Moore takes us along on the 5K journey.
"More than 15-thosuand people are lacing up their shoes here at Balboa Park for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I've got my pin, my hat, and my pink. Now let's go line up and race... lets go," she said.
Susan Wilson, Carolee Moore and Linda McNeal are all strong, intelligent, talented women, and all have battled breast cancer. We're not only racing for them, but for the thousands of other women fighting the disease in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
"I was 28 and happened to find my own lump one day and I was shocked thinking I'm too young, it's not in my family, it can't be cancer and sure enough it was," breast cancer survivor Sarah Klingshirn said.
Armed with our News 8 crew, the pink power of Buddies for Life Team share a common belief that each step we take brings us closer to finding a cure. Our team leader and News 8 Anchor Barbara-Lee Edwards is the proud emcee of the race. It's an annual event she holds dear to her heart.
"My own daughter is 12 now and she is my inspiration, and I just always look at her and I think I want to get involved in this, I want to do the race and I want to do the 3-day walk, I want to do it all so she doesn't have to," Edwards said.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 184,000 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed within the next year, and 40,000 of those new cases will result in death. They're staggering statistics that as these pink power walkers and runners make their way to the finish line, it reminds us that we must continue to race for a cure so the next generation of men and women don't have to.
Seventy-five percent of all money raised at the Race for the Cure will stay here in San Diego, and will go toward breast cancer research, education, and support.
There is still plenty of time to sign up for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk on Nov. 21.