With a single gunshot, the 9th annual, Susan G .Komen Race for the Cure got underway on the Tech campus Saturday morning. More than 3500 race participants laced up their shoes in a fund raiser dedicated to help fight the number two cancer killer among women.
"Our whole mission is just to help especially the younger generation help them realize that they need to get mammograms and they need to be conscientious," says Suzie King.
The Race for the Cure is not only a charitable event but a celebration of those women who have miraculously survived breast cancer
"It's very scary when the word cancer is applied to you and it is hard to come but it is such an uplifting event and it helps us all bond," says King.
Today's race hits home for Suzie King, and the dozens of other ladies with the signature pink shirts. These cancer fighters are also cancer survivors.
"I just celebrated my 5th year survival which is a very big event in my life and it's fun to be the race chair this year because i get to help put this on," says King.
Those who haven't had to face the disease are here in support of loved ones who have passed on, are currently fighting cancer, and those who have bravely beaten it.
"I'm here because 7 years ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer," says Ed Stephens of Lubbock.
And Ed Stephens wife, Andrea is another success story. But for her the race brings mixed emotions about how devastating breast cancer can be.
"It's overwhelming but it's also very exciting to be out here with women that are fighting it. It's just hard to see women that are having to fight hard to get over it and I've been cancer free for 7 years," says Andrea Stephens.
From countless fighters to countless supporters in this race everyone's a winner. This year's race is expected to raise almost $100,000 for local breast cancer research and education. By the way the Susan G. Komen foundation recommends all women have yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Women 20 and older should perform monthly breast exams.