Komen Austin Race for the Cure celebrates 15 years


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist J.P. Harrington

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Posted on November 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 12:59 PM

AUSTIN -- Susan G. Komen's Austin Race for the Cure celebrated 15 years of raising money to help breast cancer survivors in Central Texas.

On Sunday morning more than 15,000 people ran and walked the course through downtown Austin wearing pink shirts, pink tutus, pink socks and even pink body paint.

"It's amazing how much it's grown and how big it is now," said 16-year breast cancer survivor Beverly Alsup.

The money raised helps women in the Austin area like Sheila Boyer. She was uninsured when she found a lump on her breast, and Komen Austin paid for a mammogram and sonogram. She said she believes the early detection saved her life.

"Your donations make a difference because they made a difference for me," said Boyer.

Seventy-five percent of the money raised from the race helps pay for breast cancer services in the Austin area; 25 percent goes to the national office to fund breast cancer research.

Breast cancer survivor LaTanya Tatum created a website called Practice What You Pink to remind people not to just wear pink, but give generously too.

"It's just to encourage people not to just wear pink but also make a donation," said Tatum.

As of Sunday at 3 p.m., Komen Austin had raised $381,118.53 for the race. With a goal of raising $1.5 million for this year’s race, they’re still 75 percent short or their race fundraising goal.

Komen Austin will continue to accept donations through November 30. Go here to donate or get more information.

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