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Avera Race Raises Thousands For Families Fighting Breast Cancer

May 10, 2014, 10:07 PM by Leland Steva

Avera Race Raises Thousands For Families Fighting Breast Cancer
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Breast Cancer is the second most common form of cancer in South Dakota. Today thousands of runners from all over the country stepped up to the starting line to try and finish the disease.

Over 6,000 people laced up their running shoes today near the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. They might all run or walk at different speeds, but they all have the same goal today: to end breast cancer. Tari London is a success story. The five-year cancer survivor is always grateful to witness the sea of pink.

"It's amazing to see all the people that came out here to rally for the support of breast cancer to help us find a cure," Tari London said.

Barry Hein is running in the race for the first time today. The man from Sioux Falls will have someone close to his heart when he hits the pavement.

"Sarah is my sister-in-law that two days ago had bilateral mastectomies for a genetic mutations in her family that predisposes her to breast cancer," Barry Hein said.

Hein says he enjoys crossing the finish line today and he plans on doing it again.

"It's just a great way to support a wonderful cause, and to really be around a group of people that are excited to be here together, as well as supporting one another during tough times," Hein said.

This was the 26th annual race here in Sioux Falls and the event isn't just about raising money, but also awareness on this deadly disease.

"Early detection. Get people aware that cancer is beatable, you just have to detect it early," London said.

A younger generation of people battling the disease is what brings Jen Booty back to the Avera race for the fifth straight year.

"All the people out here and people screaming for you all the support. For all the people who are young who have breast cancer, gives you a lot of motivation," Jen Booty said.

No matter what the motivation is, runners today hope their efforts can help leave breast cancer in the dust.

Today's race has raised at least $375,000. All of the money donated will stay local. If you are interested in seeing your time during the time, you can download the Avera Race App for iPhone or Android.

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