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/