Thousands participate in Race for the Cure

By: Yvette Yeon – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It was a beautiful day for the thousands of people who laced up their sneakers Saturday morning for the Susan G. Komen race in Richmond. Everyone had a slightly different reason for hitting the streets, but in the end it was to help raise money for breast cancer research.

"This is very important to me because this is my 5th year going into remission," said cancer survivor Jacqueline Burke.

Daughter's supporting mothers, friends supporting each other, almost everyone here knew someone who lost the battle, survived or is currently fighting cancer.

"As a survivor I think it's very important to find a cure to this terrible disease," said cancer survivor Carol Harris

While many runners and walkers come back every year, this race had special meaning for a group of about 100 Manchester High School students. They were walking and running in memory of their fellow student Avery Spence. She was suppose to be in this race but died last weekend in a car crash.

"We're just supporting her because she was going to be in it," said student Lindsey Allen.

"We're here to support her family and what she would have done this week," said student Ryan Leavey.

Komen representatives say more than 7,500 people took part in Saturday's event. They are still tallying up the donations and money raised. Andrew Freiden, Sabrina Squire, and several other NBC12 employees were also among those taking part in the race. We'd like to extend a special thanks to all of you who walked and ran with them.

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