Santa Claus comes to town: Hundreds dress as Kris Kringle for cancer research run

SAN ANTONIO – Santa Claus was in town on Sunday --  well hundreds of Santa's.

Several people dressed as Kris Kringle himself ran around downtown San Antonio all for a good cause.

More than 850 Santas took to the streets of downtown with one goal in mind: beating cancer.

"It means a lot to me to be here because I️ survived cancer and see everyone participate," Yvonne Zamarripa said.

Zamarripa is a seven year breast cancer survivor and says people battling the illness need days like today.

"You can talk to us and at that time of our life when we are going through that its when we need friends and family the most so come up to us we are just people going through something," Zamarripa said.

The Santa Run is organized by the B.I.S.H foundation which stands for Believers Inspiring Survivors for Hope.

"As a result of the first six years we have raised $165,000 for research that's awesome everything we raise goes to the cause, we don't have overhead," Darlene Gonzalez, founder of B.I.S.H foundation, said.

Some people were just running to run, others eager to raise money to fight cancer, some are simply running to honor the ones they lost.

"I️ lost two brothers the most recent ion 2010 to brain cancer so its in my heart to do this for my brothers," Carol Vogus said.

This is the fifth Santa Run for Vogus. She honored her brothers with ribbons on the memorial wall and said she never wants anyone to go through what her family has gone through.

And for those who are still battling Zamarippa has a message.

"Keep fighting and stay positive," said Zamarippa. "I️ fought for my children I️ wanted to see my children graduate high school see them graduate high school go to prom so I️ do it for my kids."

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Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.