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In two weeks, News 8's Barbara-Lee Edwards and her Buddies for life team will join thousands of others in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. They walk to raise money for breast cancer research. That's research being done in San Diego with money donated by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Whether it's a small group of friends, or Team Girlfriends Never Forget or the thousands who walk in the Annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day. They do it to pay tribute to those who've died from breast cancer and to raise money to find a cure for the disease. Because every day, every 13 minutes someone dies from breast cancer. Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

But one day, there will be a cure. Perhaps that cure will be found in a lab on the campus of UCSD. From researchers like Weizhou Zhang.

"I'm studying some cancer stem cells, breast cancer stem cells, this is the root where breast cancer starts from," said Moores Cancer Center Scientist Zhang.

Zhang describes to his colleague Doctor Wei Tan. He's trying to discover the difference between benign and malignant breast cancer tumors.

"I do believe what we are doing right now some, maybe in the future will help a lot of people," said Zhang.

Zang's research is in fact being help in part by a generous donation.

Last month, four researchers at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center received a $1.14 million grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

He and the other scientists are grateful.

"This is very critical for us because this will establish us a scientific research in the field of breast cancer," noted Zhang.

"It's a very critical point, we put the money in, we get our health out of it...that's the key," said Tan.

"If we don't have money, we don't have these kinds of research," continued Zhang.

Research that could find the cure in our lifetime and that's a reason to be optimistic.

"Five year survival rate breast cancer patient was raised from 60 percent to 90 percent."

Both researches credit the increase in survival to new clinical procedures and advancements in medicine.

And events like the Susan G. Komen 3-Day keep them motivated.

"Encourages us to keep proceeding what we are doing," noted Tan.

Since the 8th of the month has past, be sure to call your buddy and remind her to do her self breast exam and don't forget to do yours.

Also, there's still time to join Barbara-Lee and register for this year's 3-Day, starting on November 21.

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