A mass of people flooded downtown Lubbock this morning and they were all racing for a good cause. Race for the Cure is the largest fundraiser event in Lubbock, and more than 7,000 people were there on Saturday. It was a great turnout, this year the race had the largest crowd ever in 14 years, topping last year by nearly 2,000 people.
Runners, walkers, and even some furry friends raced for their loved ones. More than 7,000 people participated, all with the same goal in mind, to raise money for breast cancer research. For many breast cancer survivors, Saturday was a day to celebrate.
"It's humbling and it's neat to come together. I'm with Jean and she is a 40-year survivor, she's the big dog here, she is the encouragement for all of us," said breast cancer survivor Diane Brown.
Jean Pepper overcame breast cancer 40 years ago and was honored as the longest breast cancer survivor.
"It's fantastic that I can be here and I thank the dear Lord every day," said Pepper.
At the race, many Lubbock businesses set up booths to show their support. This was the first year for Ginter Eye Care and they spent their morning painting many faces for free.
"Probably about 200 faces, it's been fun. We are probably going to make this an annual thing for Ginter Eye Care Centers," said Kendra Welch.
And as a tradition by Ford, many wore Pink scarves to show their support.
"Ford comes out with a new one every year and we are also handing out a bookmark that has every symbol that is on the scarf and it describes what it stands for, the warriors and everything that represents courage, things that women who have survived breast cancer has come across," said Claire Storm with Ford.
And for those that haven't conquered breast cancer, it's events like this, which help get one step closer to a cure.
"That's what we're praying for that they will come up with a cure," said Pepper.
So far, Race for the Cure has raised $370,000, the most they have ever raised and every dollar goes back into direct services. Seventy-five cents of every dollar will stay in the South Plains and the other 25 cents goes to national breast cancer research.