Runners lace up to “Race for the Cure”

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) -It was a hot day for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure but thousands of people still laced up their tennis shoes for the fight against breast cancer.

Downtown was a sea of pink for the organization’s largest fundraiser. Studies show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It is a statistic many survivors at the event know too personally.

As survivors finished the race they were given a pink rose. Many participants ran in support or memory of friends or family members.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. and although breast cancer in men is rare, approximately 440 men in the U.S. will die each year.

Organizers hoped to raise over $1 million, which will be used to fund local breast cancer initiatives and research.

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