Preparations underway for Komen Knoxville's Race for the Cure

Preparations underway for Komen Knoxville's Race for the Cure

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 "I actually lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer 11 years ago," she said, "That's why I got involved with Race for the Cure." "I actually lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer 11 years ago," she said, "That's why I got involved with Race for the Cure."
Thousands of volunteers will be helping out at the event. Thousands of volunteers will be helping out at the event.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The 16th annual Race for the Cure is set to start Saturday morning in downtown Knoxville.

The event is one of the largest 5K races in the area and focuses on raising money to cure breast cancer.

"80% to 90% of our funds are raised from this one event," said marketing director Amy Dunaway. "And of those funds, 75% stays here locally."

Dunaway knows the importance of fighting this type of cancer.

"I actually lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer 11 years ago," she said, "That's why I got involved with Race for the Cure."

Komen Knoxville organizers are anticipating 10,000 people will run in Saturday's race, and there will also be thousands of volunteers helping out at the event.

For many, it means a lot more than just a normal 5K.

"I was volunteering with Komen for about four years and got a call one day from a friend at work," said Ashley Teeters. "She sat behind me, and she got the call she was diagnosed with breast cancer."

Teeters' friend was able to attend one of the past Race for the Cure events.

"Her name was Jennifer Blivens and she did pass away this year," said Teeters. "Her fight ended."

The event also provides a place for those touched by breast cancer to heal.

"There is nothing more powerful then being at the finish line and watching the women in their pink survivor shirts crossing another year," said Teeters.

Anyone who wants to participate in the race can register up until 7:45 a.m. before the race. Komen Knoxville will have a tent set up in the morning from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. downtown.

Last year, the race raised $935,000 dollars.

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