JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The area around Trustmark Park was packed with people Saturday morning.
Thousands of Mississippians raced for a cure in Pearl. It's all part of the Susan G. Komen Foundation's efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and raise awareness about the illness.
One participant underwent her last chemo treatment this past week. She says all women need to get regular check-ups, even if breast cancer doesn't run in their family.
"It blind-sided me big time. But it's something that could happen to anybody. If it's not in your family anywhere, if you don't even know anybody that has cancer, it's something that could affect anybody," said Kellie Morain, cancer survivor.
"The race is just a way for us to come together and raise money and awareness for people that don't know, that aren't aware, and it's just an empowerment for women," added Jessica Ragan, with the Central MS Race Committee.
Organizers say they hope to raise at least a quarter of a million dollars. They say 75% of that money stays in Central Mississippi. The rest goes to the Susan G. Komen National Headquarters.
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