EUGENE, Ore., -- Hundreds of people gathered for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday morning.
The event was held at the Valley River Center and participants showed their support by walking or running in a series of races to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The goal of the event was to raise money to fund research that supports finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer. Community members also came together to celebrate survivors and honor those who lost their battle with the disease.
"So the great news is that we have raised about 110 thousand dollars, our goal is about 140 thousand dollars,” said Ann Berryman, an event organizer. “Really at the end of the day those resources come back to the community, so we are really excited to hit that goal and we believe that we will."
Berryman said there are two cutting-edge research facilities in Oregon that receive funding from them.
Survivors and those fighting the disease were also able to gather with one another before the race to eat breakfast and get makeovers.
KEZI spoke with Judy Pickett, who has been cancer free for the last 15 years. She said Sunday’s event was the 157th Race for the Cure event she’s attended throughout the country.
“I run for those who have fought the disease and lost their battle against breast cancer,” said Pickett. “I run for those who are currently fighting the battle and I run for those who don't even know that they have a battle to run, to fight. So, I just want to let people know there is hope out there. There is a lot of hope."
One of the women Pickett is running for is Debra Blaker who has had cancer since June 2011. Blaker said she’s been holding her own during her battle with cancer, and said the most important thing women should do is get a mammogram at least once a year.
"I never felt the lump that was in my breast and it was found on early detection on a mammogram. So even after I had the mammogram, I still didn't feel it. So I'm really happy that I got early detection because that has made my treatment last severe."
There’s still more work to do when it comes to finding a cure for cancer. But, both Pickett and Blaker are optimistic that we can win this fight together.
"Breast cancer is not the death sentence it once was, that we've come a long way in this fight and we're all here for you,” Prickett said.
“If we ban together and we support each other, our attitude can be more positive and that makes a big difference," Blaker said.
Organizers said they appreciate everyone that attended the event, and hope that next year’s event will be even larger.