Thousands turn out for 20th anniversary Race for the Cure - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Thousands turn out for 20th anniversary Race for the Cure

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Thousands of people came together in Lubbock Saturday morning for the 20th anniversary Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

This 5k run has now become a global event, dedicated to helping end breast cancer forever.

Crowds of people in pink filled the streets around the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

These participants had their race numbers pinned to their backs, but some also had other papers pinned to them in honor of someone who has battled this deadly disease.

Three women who wore these papers proudly were Tammy Sawyer, Ronda Menefee and Melanie Torrence. These close friends call themselves sisters because they have each battled breast cancer.

Menefee has been cancer-free for over 12 years, Sawyer for 10 years, and Torrence for three.

"We've just become closer than ever," Menefee said.

They held each other's hands when they needed to be strong.

"Your family is good support," Menefee said, "but they haven't had breast cancer, so it's just an overwhelming closeness that we have. We share very intimate things in our journey."

They extend this help to others affected by breast cancer each year at the Race for the Cure.

"Anybody that has been touched by breast cancer is being touched by the Komen dollars that we raise by this Race for the Cure," Menefee said. "We see more and more young girls getting breast cancer and we want that to stop."

Kim Hector shares that goal. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 39, 11 years before health care professionals recommend she have a mammogram.

"I just sat down in the middle of my kitchen floor, bawling like a baby," she said. "It hit me so hard, like, I'm too young to deal with this."

Breast cancer struck her family three times, and one of her family members lost the battle.

"It's just one of those things that runs in our family," she said, "and that's why you need to be tested for that little gene."

Saturday's race was a blessing for Hector to see the amount of people who also care about finding a cure.

"That means other people might not have to go through what I went through," she said.

The walk may be over, but you can still help. Follow this link to donate to the Komen Foundation: www.komenlubbock.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/donate/

Copyright 2014 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:16 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:16:26 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
  • Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:00:39 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:14:32 GMT
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

  • Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:20:31 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-06-22 05:14:10 GMT
    President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches.  AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

Powered by Frankly