I am the Cure

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Caroline Till writes, The Susan G.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the largest 5k run/walk in the world! This race takes place in many different cities and attracts more then one million participants. All members are striding for one thing; a cure for breast cancer. In 2008 it is estimated that more then 182,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That means that about one in seven women will have it! Sadly, out of all these women, around 40,480 will lose the battle. This is why I did race for the cure, so no one will lose the arduous fight.I was one of the 63,000 racers in Denver that started running at seven am! As soon as I started, I could hear people cheering us on and bands playing music off in the distance. We were jogging down Federal Blvd. with thousands of other people. Some were wearing “I am running for” signs or survivor shirts. I was worried that I was not going to make it, but after a while, it sunk in. My mom and I stayed together the entire way running step for step. By the second mile, I started to feel weary. Herds of people were in front of me, I could only see a few blocks ahead.Finally, I spotted the finish line. As I crossed it, I was ecstatic, proud, but most of all, I was satisfied. I was satisfied with my performance and how the race had gone. It was an awesome event that raised significant funds and awareness for breast cancer.After the race, my mom and I went to check out all the booths. There were hundreds! People gave me bags, hats, keychains water bottles, bracelets, towels, chapstick, bandaids and so much more. After all the excitement, it was finally time to go home. I was glad to go rest, but I was inspired from everything I saw.Breast cancer is such a difficult illness to treat. Doctors need your help by raising money in order to find a cure. For more information, please visit www.komen.org or call 303-576-8705 for suggestions on how to get involved with breast cancer awareness. Start helping and always remember to think pink!

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