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Thousands in Mid-Michigan 'Race For The Cure'

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LANSING MICH. (WLNS) -
Thousands of people hit the pavement in downtown Lansing today, wearing plenty of pink and dawning plenty of smiles.

Among them-- Sara Erzen  She was pregnant when she found out she had cancer just five months ago.

 
“I had a biopsy of it after my 5th month of pregnancy and that was stage three and it progressed to my lymph notes,: said Erzen.

The mother of three had never imagined she would face this battle especially with a baby on the way

“It was essentially a shock but when you're a mom, period, you kind of have to get whatever job you are assigned done,” said Erzen

But her job today-- along with thousands of others at the Capitol, was raise money to find a cure for the disease that affects one in eight women in America. 
 

“I
ts not just an individual disease,”  Chris Pearson Executive Director with Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan affiliate. “ It affects families because everyone loses mothers, sisters, wives.”

And the race isn't just about raising money; participants also gathered to support one another, those who have won the battle and those who have lost. 
 

“It makes you feel like you know you are not alone,” said Lorraine Auvenshine, breast cancer survivor. “And you've had other people that have dealt with that kind of situation and they do know how you feel.”

As for Erzen-,after 4 rounds of chemo-- her baby  is healthy now is now almost 2 months old, and she finishes her last round of chemotherapy this Thursday.

Still she's never let the disease define her, as she hopes to serve as a role model for all women.

I'vee been dealt this like a lot of women have” said Erzen. “I'm an example to three little girls and I want them to know that no matter how hard you get knocked down, you can fight even harder.”

And many are doing just that, with the hopes that one day a cure will be found. 
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