(WLNS) — Thousands of people will converge on the Capitol this weekend, most of them dressed in pink.
The 13th annual Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure is Sunday.
The event wouldn’t be possible without passion or dedication to the cause.
It all starts with a story about 2 women, Susan and Nancy.
” Suzy was diagnosed when she was quite young, and going through that with her was her sister nancy goodman at the time,” Susan G. Komen Michigan Executive Director Jennifer Jurgens recounts the story.
Nancy Goodman is now Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Jurgens adds,” Nancy promised suzy that she would do everything in her power to make sure no woman had to go through what suzy did ever again.”
Sunday marks the 13th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The race is expected to raise over $200,000, and all of the money raised in Mid-Michigan stays in Mid-Michigan.
75% goes toward local community grants.
” 25% goes to our national organization and they put it toward research,” says Jurgens.
Runners and walkers will head south down Capitol Ave. , loop around Hillsdale Ave., run a couple ofmore loops up to Allegan St., up to Ottowa Ave, and end up back at The Capitol.
Organizers have surprises for participants along the way.
Jurgens says, “There’s wonderful things for survivors, massages from Douglas J. salon for example.”
2 year breast cancer survivor , Sherrie Jackson says it’s not the perks that keep her coming back.
” All the love there and the women there and all the pink there”, Jackson names a few.
This year will be Jackson’s 2nd Race for the Cure.
She says the most memorable part for here was the survivors stroll up to the Capitol steps.
” And I’m telling you we were all just crying, but not sad tears. We were crying because we were there, happy tears. We were survivors,” remembers Jackson.
” I believe that sometime in my lifetime we’re going to see an end to this disease and that’s what keeps me going,” says Jurgens.
Jurgens says people often ask her if the organization will ever stop hosting 5K races.
she says, ” the answer is pretty clear, we’ll race until we finish it.”
Runner and walkers race toward the finish line, just like doctors and experts race toward a cure.
Just like Jurgens said, the race doesn’t end until they find one.