(WLNS) – Another successful Susan G. Komen: Race for the Cure in mid-Michigan, is in the books.
Roughly 3,000 people ran or walked to support local women, and men, who’ve been touched by breast cancer.
As 6 News Meteorologist Emily Wahls explains, the organization created something new this year for one special group of people.
“I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.”
Words heard way too many times by Patricia Hurni and her family.
Her mother, her older sister, her younger sister, her daughter, her niece and Patricia herself are either battling the disease or fought hard, but lost.
“I’m really scared about my daughter having it. That’s hard. That was a hard one. She came up positive so. We’re just going to take the steps as they present themselves,” said Patricia Hurni, breast cancer survivor.
Patricia is a survivor, her daughter, a fighter.
And it’s those fighters, currently undergoing treatment or recovering from it that Susan G. Komen organizers wanted to highlight at this year’s race.
This year they introduced a new participation category, “the Fighters!”
In addition to “Fighter” race gear, those who needed it were helped with convenient parking and volunteer-manned wheelchairs, among other things.
And of course, similar to every year, the fighters were blanketed with comfort and encouragement.
“This whole thing, it’s so energetic. It’s so nice just to have that support. And I have my daughter, my niece and her best friend and we all just come out every year and we walk it or run it, or stand there and watch.
And hopefully soon we’ll all be able to sit back and watch as researchers find a cure.
Since 2002 the Race for the Cure has raised more than $3 million for mid-Michigan families, both fighters and survivors.
Our special Friends For Life series continues Tuesday on 6 News at 6 with survivor Nancy’s story of how experiencing breast cancer changed her entire outlook on life.