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25K participate in 'Race for the Cure'

Over $1M raised in fight against breast cancer at Komen event

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Nearly 25,000 people packed the streets of downtown San Antonio on Saturday morning for the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The event, which is Komen San Antonio's biggest fundraiser, brought in breast cancer survivors, their families and friends, and many other who came out to support the cause.

Breast cancer survivor Elyse Dubroff said to see the thousands of walkers and runners Saturday morning was something that really raised her spirits.

"This is really great and wonderful," said Dubroff. "People waking up at 4 in the morning to get out here to do a walk like this. It's really wonderful and great and everybody is so supportive."

Also in that crowd of support is Cathy Guertin and her family. Guertin said she is racing for her mother, Irma, who is also a survivor.

The family's team, Irma's Angels, is going on their 9th year to do the Race for the Cure in San Antonio.

"The fun part is when you get across the bridge and you can literally see, it's just covered with pink shirts and boas," said Guertin. "And, it's everybody out here to support the cause and we are just happy to be involved and we are thrilled that my mom is doing so well and we are just really happy to be here."

Whether Saturday's participants ran or walked, every stride was important, knowing they are supporting someone.

"My mom has been fighting breast cancer," said Latrenda Ware, a participant. "My grandmother died of breast cancer. So, I want to support a good cause."

"I'm supporting my friend and my wife," said Quincy Workman, a participant. "And, we have our children out here with us."

KSAT 12's Leslie Mouton emceed Saturday's event. As a breast cancer survivor for 13 years, Mouton is bringing hope to others, like Genie Garcia, who said she is going to beat this disease.

"God's in control." said Garcia. "So, we are going to get through it."

Komen San Antonio announced Saturday that they had nearly 25,000 participants and raised over $1 million.

The proceeds go toward local breast cancer screenings, treatment, education and research.

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