Race for the Cure turns Downtown Phoenix pink

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Tens of thousands of people decked out in pink converged on Downtown Phoenix Sunday morning for the 19th annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure.

Some 30,0000 people took part in Sunday morning's event to raise awareness about breast cancer. Many of those walkers and runners were talking part to honor somebody they lost to breast cancer or to support somebody currently battling the insidious disease.

A sea of pink washed through the streets of Phoenix, speaking volumes about a cause that affects so many.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s the perfect time to remind people that with the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. It’s also the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Right now there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Some 2,000 Phoenix-area survivors turned out for this year's Race for the Cure. Their message is simple -- early detection saves lives.

"I am feeling very, very healthy. I am happy. I have survived," said Joelle Martin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. Today she is cancer-free.

"If we would just be courageous and have that mammogram, do that self-checking -- that's how I discovered mine" she said. "I think early diagnosis is the most important thing."

This year's event raised an estimated $2 million for education and treatment programs. Most of that money -- 75 percent -- will stay right here in Arizona. The rest will go to fund national Susan G. Komen research efforts.

Coming up in about a month, thousands of people will take part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, walking 60 miles in three days to help find a cure for breast cancer. Each walker must raise a minimum of $2,300 in order to take part in the event. The Arizona event, one of 14 throughout the country, is Nov. 11-13.