TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – You didn’t have to look far to see the flood of pink this morning. Over 1,000 people participated in the Race for the Cure event hosted by Komen Central Indiana.
This was the 20th annual race to fight breast cancer.
Participants raised over $55,000 today. The majority of the money goes directly to helping Hoosiers in need including screenings, research and survivor support. This Central Indiana campaign serves 41 counties locally.
Katy McKanna benefits from this fundraising since she was diagnosed with breast cancer last March. She went to the race this morning, thinking it was just her husband going with her. Little did she know what was waiting for her at the start line.
“I had no clue. I saw my grandkids and my sons and my friends and I just couldn’t believe it,” said McKanna. “It was overwhelming.”
Over 30 of her friends and family surprised her to show their support.
“Go team Katy,” said her grandsons.
“I just wanted her to know that we love her and we do support her through all of this,” said McKanna’s friend who arranged the surprise.
Some participants like Marion Phate came out to honor a loved one.
“We need to find a cure so situations like ours don’t have to exist,” said Phate.
She lost her daughter to breast cancer six years ago.
“She will be thankful to know we helped save others from this tragedy,” said Phate.
A tragedy that affects one in eight women. The Race for the Cure event works to combat this statistic. The movement brings awareness to the disease and honors those who are affected.
No matter if you’re there to run, walk or just to watch, everyone there had the same goal: fight breast cancer.
“It’s just knowing there are people out there that support you because you go through life each day and go on and on. But having this and knowing I have this support helps me go through this last bit,” said McKanna.
So as Katy makes her final stretch to the finish line, she’s got one goal on her mind.
“Get through this last bit and survive!”
For more information on the Race for the Cure or to donate to the Central Indiana campaign, click here: http://komencentralindiana.org/