Thousands hit the streets to race against cancer

Cancer survivors, family and friends join the battle

SAN ANTONIO – About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That's why fundraising efforts are so important.

San Antonio's Race for the Cure is one of Susan G. Komen's biggest events. 20,000 people showed up Saturday and tens of thousands of dollars were raised in hopes of finding a cure.

Some ran for loved ones, some ran for themselves, but all ran for hope.

"I found out I had breast cancer in May of 2012. I went through all the treatment and everything, thought I was in remission but then last year in October I found out it had metastasized. So I've been fighting since then," said Melody Tolar.

Tolar said she wasn't sure she could do the fight a second time.

"I actually said I wouldn't fight again because it was so rough the first time around, but now I have so many friends and family that I have to fight," Tolar said.

She will fight alongside people like Danielle Boysen, who was diagnosed in October and came all the way from Port Aransas for the race.

"I'm dealing with it, and these survivors are amazing and we're all survivors. So it'll be fine," Boysen said.

KSAT's Leslie Mouton, a breast cancer survivor of 15 years, emceed the event.

"I met women today, 37-year survivors, and I met women today who just found out last week. So you have this wide range of people who all share this common bond. All of us want to beat breast cancer," Mouton said.

The money raised during the event stays local, for breast cancer screening, treatment and education for the medically under-served of Bexar County.

"There's always hope. You can't have a bad attitude," Boysen said.

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