KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Experts estimate that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That's why thousands rally every year for the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure.
Molly Hammer opened the race with a performance of the national anthem. Hammer is fighting Stage 4 breast cancer. She already beat the disease back in 2008, but it has since resurfaced and spread.
About ten thousand advocates took to the streets of Kansas City on Sunday to raise money, spread awareness, and show their support for all those affected by the disease.
"There's something so emotional about seeing them down here, the fellow survivors, there's just sort of a sisterhood amongst us, that you can't even really describe it," Hammer said.
Tracy Patch was at the event. She faced the disease in 2014. It was Stage 1 when it was discovered, but developed to Stage 2 within a month.
After 16 rounds of chemotherapy over 4 months, and 28 days of radiation, her long journey led her to here to this race, cancer-free two years later.
"It gives me goosebumps," Patch said looking back on her long road to recovery. "Two years ago it was raining, I was bald, I was in the middle of my chemo, but I came out here and it's an amazing experience being here with thousands of people who have gone through it."
This is one of Susan G. Komen's biggest races. The foundation hopes to raise over $1 million, most of which will stay here in the metro to fund research and other programs.