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Hundreds Race for the Cure in Roanoke

By WDBJ7 Web Staff
Published On: Apr 13 2013 02:21:30 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 13 2013 06:30:56 PM EDT
Hundreds Race for the Cure in Roanoke
Roanoke, Va. -

Saturday was a chance for folks to celebrate victories and mourn losses.

Downtown Roanoke was transformed into a sea of pink for the 4th annual Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure.

Survivors, those battling breast cancer and the people who love them, started their morning at the River's Edge on Reserve Avenue.

Nearly 3,000 people worked their way downtown on either a one-mile walk or 3-mile run.

While the race is a big part of the event, honoring survivors is a special part of the day.
*CG X303 Joey Coakley Beck
Race Co-Chair

"A lot of them are quiet about it and this is their time to shine and get some recognition about the struggle they've gone through," says Race Co-Chair Joey Coakley Beck. "Breast cancer affects one in 8 and actually in our region it's one in 5. So, if it hasn't affected you yet it will eventually."

This is the largest and only Susan G. Komen event in the region.       

75% of the money stays here, the rest goes towards scientific research.  Locally the money helps fund mammograms and education.