Komen Race for the Cure

Komen Race for the Cure

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Nearly 15, 000 people turned out to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Austin Sunday morning.

11-year-old, Sydney Noffke, and her younger brother, Milam, were two supporters who are here for a friend's mother fighting cancer for the third time.

"He acts normal but I can feel his pain, he's probably really upset that his mom has cancer for the 3rd time."

"I feel bad for my friend, he's probably really sad about it and I just hope his mom makes it through this cancer."

For survivors, its about spreading the message of awareness.

Latanya Tatum says attending 2001's Race for the Cure saved her live five years later.

"There was a breast mold that they had on one of the tables somewhere and I can remember feeling that breast and thinking so that's what a lump feels like? So that's what a lump feels like. So if I felt a lump, would I know what it feels like? And in 2006 when I felt that lump, I knew exactly what it felt like, I knew exactly what it was."

Not surprisingly, Tatum is one of the honorary race co chairs.

She also shares with us the importance of being your own health advocate because doctors don't always get it right.

"Even though when I felt my lump I knew what it was, the doctor told me it wasn't anything to be concerned about so if I didn't have the awareness and doing the race for the cure and knew that something was going on in my body, I may not be here today."

75 percent of money raised from the race stays in Central Texas.

Money that pays for mammograms, biopsies, treatment, among other services, for women who can't afford them.

A mission that was almost jeopardized earlier this year when the group announced it would pull funding from Planned Parenthood.

It reversed its decision after public backlash.

Even though nearly 15 thousand runners and walkers turned out, donations are at 52 percent of what it was last year.

The group fell short of the 1.5 million dollar fundraising goal.

They continue urging the community to donate at Komenaustin.org.

The race raised $323,221.07.

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