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May 11, 2013 10:00 PM

Thousands Race To Beat Breast Cancer

Sioux Falls, SD

Breast cancer is the second deadliest diagnosis a woman can get and every year, more than 211,000 woman find out they have it. 

Nearly 7,000 runners and walkers were out racing against breast cancer in Sioux Falls Saturday.

"We're running for Jamie who was a teacher with us. She is right now going through treatment, she's on her last round," Luann Murren said.

"Ten years ago my mom had breast cancer and she is a survivor now," Kelly Slagter said.

This is the 25th year for the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer. 25 years ago this race was started in honor of Judy Davis and now she is a survivor and leads the pack across the finish line.

"The first race we had a thousand people and it was at the HyVee out by the mall and just to see what the race has grown to today is just phenomenal," Judy Davis said.

Saturday’s race rose over $400,000 for the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and all of the money is staying in the area.

"We use it for wigs, for mammograms, for people who can't afford them, for the cancer exercise program and all the things we support right here in the community," Davis said.

This was an emotional day for some who are currently in the fight, like Judy Horan. She has four chemotherapy treatments left before radiation.

"It made me cry to tell you the truth. During the exercise warm-up, I was just crying because so many people are out here supporting you and helping you feel on top of the world when you're feeling kind of low," Horan said. 

From one survivor to another, Davis has a word of wisdom to those who are fighting: "Don't be afraid and there is hope and the whole community is here behind us," Davis said.

If you’d like to donates go to www.averaracesiouxfalls.org.

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