SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Sioux Falls brings thousands together to raise funds for breast cancer research in hopes of one day finding a cure. For one pair of sisters, their faith remained strong even as breast cancer threatened to tear them apart.
First, a diagnosis for Kay Boyk, and then the same thing for her sister, Debbie Dohman.
"There's eight girls in our family, and I always said one in eight gets breast cancer and it was me, but then Debbie went and ruined my math," Boyk said.
They may be all smiles now, but that is only because they know the impact an event like this can have on those are still fighting, especially after Kay went through the difficult treatments.
"It's pretty hopeless for a while, just the thought that you have cancer, but then first Debbie says 'I'm going to do a 60-mile walk for you' and then three of my other sisters said we're walking for you, too, and I thought cool. I want to walk with them," Boyk said.
From there, the two sisters have walked hundreds of miles in order to help end breast cancer for good. They even turn recycled sweaters into mittens to raise funds for the cause, making them known as the mitten ladies.
"This is all a family. I mean, when you're in a walk like this, everybody becomes one family, and it's cool. It's an experience. And we've walked many miles," Boyk said.
They have walked all those miles, and most importantly, they have done it together.
"We'll get a cure, we will. It just will take a few more walks," Boyk said.
While a lot of the funds raised at these events go to the national organization, a lot of the medical research is being done right here in South Dakota. Komen National has put nearly $1 million toward breast cancer studies in the state.
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