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Survivors celebrate life at annual Race for the Cure

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The downtown area turned into a sea of pink on Saturday morning as people came from across the state to celebrate the 15th year of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Jackson.

Our Annette Peagler spoke to breast cancer survivors who explained why this event is so important to them.  

Lynn Stuart beat breast cancer four years ago and she recalled the day she was first diagnosed. 

"Well it was interesting because there was no breast cancer in my family. There was no history of it anywhere, so when I was first diagnosed it was quite a shock for everybody. I was very fortunate that we caught it very early."

She and other survivors look forward to the Susan G. Komen race year after year. 

One out of 8 women is affected by breast cancer and the disease is attacking younger women year after year.

"We're finding that younger and younger women are being affected including those who do not yet have a mammogram because most mammograms you don't get until age 40. So if you already have it a lot of times it's not detected," said Shannon McLaughlin of the Central MS chapter of Susan G. Komen. 

Each team who raised donations over the past few weeks had their own style during the race on Saturday. Some walked, others ran, but the message was clear - beating cancer is going to take some support. 
 
"That actually helps you through your diagnosis knowing that you have that backbone and that support," said cancer survivor Raymona Easternling.

Some of these women say that their lives turned upside down when their diagnosis came but it was support from others that got them through. 

Breast Cancer survivor, Teresa Kilgore, said "I think just as important as the chemo or radiation is, so is having family and friends being there because without that the chemo and radiation can get you down quick."

For survivors like Lynn Stuart this event is a celebration of life. 

"It brings a little bit of attention to such a significant cause," said Stuart. "Breast cancer touches all of us in one way or another. In fact, I can't think of anybody I know that hasn't been touched by cancer of some sort." 

All of the proceeds from the Race for the Cure go towards the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for Research to help find a cure.

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