This year, more than 4,000 people are expected to participate in the 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Lubbock Race for the Cure.
The race will take place Saturday, and organizers are hoping to raise more than $400,000. The money will go toward providing local services such as breast cancer screenings, treatments, education and support.
In 2007, it was the support from Komen Lubbock that helped resident Sally Luna become a survivor. Doctors discovered her cancer during a routine screening.
"Sure enough, I went by myself and it was cancerous," Luna said.
Luna says her husband was the first person she told about her breast cancer diagnosis.
"We discussed it and of course, we cried. But, we were thinking, 'hey, it's going to be okay, there's so much out there,'" Luna said.
Luna also told her best friend Becky Jones. Coincidentally, Jones had been involved with the Race for the Cure, so she was able to help Luna gain access to resources.
"I mean, she brought me information and everything that was there. So, for me, it was easier for me because I have the materials in front of me to say 'hey, this is what's going on,'" Luna said.
Jones has been volunteering with the Race for the Cure for 7 years and says it's always had a special place in her heart.
"I don't know of anyone who's not been touched by cancer in some way," Jones said.
Komen Lubbock was started in 1995 and there are now more than 600 volunteers with the organization. Together, they have raised more than $5.2 million to help fight breast cancer.
"Seventy five cents of every dollar stays here to help fund programs to people who might not otherwise be able to have access to those programs," Jones said.
Luna says it was programs such as Komen Lubbock and chemotherapy treatments that helped her. She is now cancer free.
Luna is now involved with Komen Lubbock and wants people to know what the organization can do.
"They do so much for us. There are some that are survivors, some that are not, and they give so much of themselves," Luna said.
For more information on this weekend's Race for the Cure, visit: www.komenlubbock.com
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