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Hundreds turn out for 19th annual Race for the Cure

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Civic Center in Downtown Lubbock on Saturday for the 19th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

"Breast cancer affects everybody," said Kacee Grover. "If you look at every family, at your work, somebody has been affected some time in their life with breast cancer or knows somebody with breast cancer."

Kacee was racing for her mother. It has become a family event with her two children, husband and a foreign exchange student from Spain taking part.

"We live north of Amarillo so we normally do the Amarillo walk, but because not all of the family could get together we came down this weekend."

Pennie Roberts participated in the race to honor four people she was close with, including her sister who is on the road to recovery.

"They did such strong chemotherapy that it damaged her heart and lungs - she's had multiple health problems since then," she said. "It's just a complete nightmare for her and some people don't fare a lot better but she had a terrible time. We just have to do all the research we can. These younger people are getting it and it's such a devastating illness."

Pennie was dressed head to toe in pink, blending in with many of the other racers. A few chose to standout. One gentleman had a twisted mustache. Another was wearing a bright pink bra over his clothing and three women wore tutus in honor of their friends.

"I have a best friend that I played basketball with for years when I was growing up and she just got diagnosed with third stage breast cancer," said Jennifer Trevino. "Just raising money for not just my friend, but everyone around the world that has breast cancer is just a good cause."

SLIDESHOW: Race for the Cure 2013

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