Lubbock races for a cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/09

Lubbock races for a cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Susan G. Koman Foundation will kick off the month with their annual Race for the Cure Saturday morning.

More than 7,000 people on the South Plains have already signed up for Lubbock's 15th Annual Race for the Cure. Among those is Mitzi Brunson, who doctors diagnosed with Breast Cancer about 3 years ago. "You hear about it, and you know about it, but you just never think it's going to be you. Then when it is, it's very surreal," said Brunson. 

Thursday afternoon she signed up for the race as a proud survivor. "I love it. My favorite part about the whole thing is the picture with the survivors because for the 3 years I've been going the picture gets bigger and bigger, and that's very encouraging," Brunson said. 

Organizers have already reached their fundraising goal of $400,000, but they say raising awareness is just as important. "At Komen, our goal is to spread the message of early detection and self awareness, so this month really helps us to do that," said Komen Lubbock Executive Director, Ashley Hamm.

Anyone who wants to race can still register for $30 Saturday morning before the race at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Brunson hopes the race will give hope to others dealing with the disease. "It will be something that you will go through, and you'll make it through it. You'll come out on the other side knowing that you are stronger because of it," said Brunson. 

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