Thousands Battle Breast Cancer in Race for the Cure

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Komen Foundation has invested millions of dollars in community programs over the years. Most of the money comes from people who Race for the Cure.

The fight against breast cancer brings thousands of people from across the metro together every year.

"We just have to do something about it," said Connie Lakin with Veronica's Daughter.

Approximately 21,000 people took part in Sunday's race. Every one of them is walking for a reason. Veronica Schalk comes every year. At the age of 99, she has lost five sisters to breast cancer.

"I support anyone who has cancer," Schalk said. "I think they have a long ways to go with it. They still have to do a lot of work to get rid of it."

There is nothing Makayla Oberhelman would like more. Cancer stole her 41-year-old mother's life just two weeks ago. As a result, 90 of her "breast" friends came together on Sunday.

"I think it's important for everyone to know you aren't alone out there having breast cancer," Oberhelman said. "You have millions of people supporting you and helping you through everything you need help with."

The Pink Promise Garden holds row after row of flowers for those who have lost the battle against cancer. Breast cancer runs in Karyn Booker's family. Her mother and aunt died from the disease several years ago. Now, Karyn is five years cancer free.

"It's a battle but you can get through it if you have three things: God, family and friends," Booker said.

Strangers in the crowd became fast friends on Sunday. The sisterhood that binds them together is survival and the hope for a cure to their common enemy.

The Komen Race for the Cure is the largest education and fundraising event for breast cancer in the world.

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