PHOENIX -- This year's "Race for the Cure" slogan is "I Can," which is perfect for Lisa Micksch, who almost didn't show up Sunday morning.
"My neighbors and my kids and my friends encouraged me to come out since I'm a survivor, they thought I should celebrate," said Micksch.
It's the "I can beat cancer" attitude Micksch is walking for during this year's largest single fundraising event for breast cancer awareness and finding a cure.
"If it can prevent one other person from going through what I went through, then I think it's all well worth it, absolutely worth it," said Micksch.
As always, thousands of people, in flashing pink, walked and ran the streets of downtown Phoenix. Not all of them were survivors, many were just doing it to help find a cure.
"I know people who have cancer and I just wanted to come out here to support them and be with them and just be with everybody here," said Diana Tienda, who was walking to support family and friends.
In 2012, the race raised more than 1.6 million dollars for research.