AUSTIN -- This year 14,980 mothers, sisters, and daughters will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Nearly 2,700 will lose their battle in Texas alone.
It is why the scene outside the Bullock Texas State History Museum Wednesday was so inspiring. Fifteen survivors and co-survivors helped kick off this year's Austin Race for the Cure.
The Fab 15 as they're called, are sharing their stories on this the 15th anniversary of the Austin Komen Race. Their hope is to help more people right here at home.
Seventy-five percent of all the money raised by Komen stays in Central Texas. This year Komen Austin granted more than $1 million, providing more than $713,000 to local health care organizations and more than $333,000 to global research efforts.
“The money, not just the race, but all the money Komen Austin raises stays right here, specifically in our 5 county service area: Bastrop, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Travis Counties,” said Executive Director of Komen Austin Christy Casey-Moore. “That money stays here and is put back into our community to provide women that may not have the financial access free breast health services that they need.”
"Next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research. It’s because of our community that we can say that,” said Casey-Moore.
KVUE will be sharing more of these survivors and co-survivor stories in the coming months. And we'd love for you to join us for this year's race in downtown Austin Sunday, November 10th.
To register go here.