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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k Surpasses Their Goal

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 04:38 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Springfield inaugural Susan G. Komen Race ofr the Cure!"

Painting the Capital city pink!

After two years of planning, Springfield's inaugural Race for the Cure is a success, drawing more that 2,400 runners and walkers.

Most are tied to the cause.

"I'm an 8-year survivor."

"My mother died when she was 35 of breast cancer."

"I'm a breast cancer conquerer.:

"My closest friend was diagnosed with breast cancer."

Statistics show 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Men can get the disease too.

Mark Goldstein admits he didn't know that, when he was diagnosed 26 years ago.

"I was totally ignorant. Statistically, it's a woman's disease. But it's just as tragic for a man to die from breast cancer, as it is a woman."

Now, the New Jersey resident is an advocate. This is the 81-year-old's 230th Race for the Cure.

The 5k race exceeded a goal to raise $200,000!

25% will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund breast cancer research and 75% stays local.

"It's used for different services for women who have breast cancer for screening. In addition, it's used for grants, like mammogram Mondays here in Springfield."

It's not just a fundraiser, but a celebration of life for these 300 survivors and those who won't give up the fight for a cure.

"When you see all the support, all these people come together, it makes you think I can do it. I can beat cancer."

Race organizers are already thinking about ways to make next year's Race for the Cure even bigger and better.

We won't know the total amount raised by this year's fundraiser until the end of the month, but we know they blew away that $200,000 goal.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k Surpasses Their Goal


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