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Thousands gather to "Race for the Cure"

Many cancer survivors among race participants

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Some had battled cancer and won. Others had seen cancer impact those around them.

All had one thing in mind when they gathered Saturday to race for the cure.

They want to end the threat of breast cancer forever.

A crowd estimated at more than 17,000 raced, ran and walked at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Sea World.

Many race participants wore the bright pink that has become recognized as a signal in the fight against breast cancer.

The race is a major money raiser for the Komen breast cancer effort, and money raised in San Antonio is used in San Antonio for breast cancer screening, treatment and education, and funds research and study.

Race organizers say money raised this year is up 16 percent from last year, and fundraising efforts continue.