17th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure

The color pink filled the streets of Austin on Sunday morning. Some are survivors, others are still fighting the battle but they are all hoping for a cure.

"The intention is just to go ahead and increase the visibility. Make people aware of what's going on with breast cancer and this is something that we really need to go ahead and focus on, attack and be diligent about," says Raymond Ramirez, supporter.

Sunday was the 17th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure. The start line beginning at the Bob Bullock Museum.

"This run actually helped me too. I ran for the first five years after I was diagnosed. I took a little break and now I'm back again for my 12 year anninversary," says Lisa King, survivor.

This is one of the city's largest and oldest 5K events. It brings the community together to to save lives locally and fight breast cancer globally.

"It's more of a shock, it's a lot to process. So it took me a couple of days to finally process that, this is it. We've got to put our gloves on and move forward. Fight like a girl," says Sylvia Shugart, survivor.

Since 1999, the Race for the Cure has enabled Komen Austin to provide nearly $11 million of life-saving breast health services to women and men in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.
Another $5 million is given to global research to find a cure.

Lourdes Walton never thought she would be among those needing help.

"We're here for the Race for the Cure because I have stage 2 breast cancer. This is all of my family that are here to support me. I pray to God that they can find a cure because chemo is hell," says Lourdes Walton, battling cancer.
 

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