10,000 runners turn out for Komen Knoxville's Race for the Cure

10,000 runners turn out for Komen Knoxville's Race for the Cure

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"Last year we provided 5,331 mammograms with our funds that we raised from Race for the Cure last year and we're excited to be able to do that again next year," said Ann Dunaway of Komen Knoxville. "Last year we provided 5,331 mammograms with our funds that we raised from Race for the Cure last year and we're excited to be able to do that again next year," said Ann Dunaway of Komen Knoxville.
"It's outstanding. There's just so much more awareness of the disease. Until my wife was stricken with it, I really knew very little about it," said Mark Benson. "It's outstanding. There's just so much more awareness of the disease. Until my wife was stricken with it, I really knew very little about it," said Mark Benson.
More than 10,000 runners turned out for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Knoxville Saturday. More than 10,000 runners turned out for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Knoxville Saturday.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Runners turned out by the thousands Saturday morning to do their part in the fight against breast cancer.

The 2013 Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure 5k was held in World's Fair Park.

The race not only raises money for research into finding a cure, but also helps people right here in East Tennessee who are battling the disease.

More than 10,000 runners turned out for the race this year.

"It's a great place to be on a Saturday morning," said runner Mark Benson. "My wife is a survivor."

They're running in honor of those currently fighting breast cancer, survivors and in memory of those who have died from the disease.

"To see all those people in pink and people supporting them was an amazing morning," said Amy Dunaway of Komen Knoxville.

"My second cousin died of breast cancer," said 12-year-old runner Chase Terry.

"It's great to see the community come out and get involved in such a great cause," said runner Karen Smith.

That money pays for breast cancer screenings, treatment, educational programs and support groups for men and women in East Tennessee.

"Last year we provided 5,331 mammograms with our funds that we raised from Race for the Cure last year and we're excited to be able to do that again next year," said Dunaway.

The money raised also goes toward research to finding a cure for the deadly disease.

One in eight women will be diagnosed in her lifetime.

"Over 242,000 women will be diagnosed this year alone. And 2500 men are going to be diagnosed as well," said Dunaway.

The race also goes a long way in raising breast cancer awareness.

"It's outstanding. There's just so much more awareness of the disease. Until my wife was stricken with it, I really knew very little about it," said Benson.

The event is a reminder to everyone just how important is it to get screened, because Komen Knoxville believes early detection is key.

"Early detection is our best protection until we find the cures," said Dunaway.

So every mile finished at this year's Race for the Cure is another major stride in the battle against breast cancer.

"It's great to have this much community commitment and I think it really makes a dent in a cure for the disease," said Benson.

The Race for the Cure is Komen Knoxville's biggest fundraiser of the year, providing 80 to 90 percent of their budget for the year.

For more information, visit the organization's website.

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