Race for the Cure draws 8,500 participants in Seattle

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 3 at 5:40 PM

Dressed in pink tutu's and homemade t-shirts, Amy Kent and her family celebrated their first ever Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

"We're women and we have boobs, so we have to support!" said Kent.

But not everyone feels so supportive.

"It totally turned me against the organization," said Michael Dare of Seattle. "I don't know if I've fully recovered."

Organizers said about 8,500 participants raised about $1.1 million to support this year's Komen Race for the Cure - a significant drop from last year's 14,000 race participants. Many speculate the drop is because of Komen's decision earlier this year to cut funding for Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screening program. Komen quickly reversed the decision.

"I was surprised to see how many people are here today," said cancer survivor Nathalie Vogt.

Vogt said despite the controversy this event keeps her spirits up. She can't let what happened in January take that away.

"Being a survivor and talking to people that were going through treatment was beneficial to me as well as to them," said Vogt.

Participating in the festivities were several area leaders, including Race Grand Marshal and UW Head Football Coach Steve Sarkisian. Also present were KING 5's  Jean Enersen, Christie Johnson and Kim Holcomb.

The race also provided over 900 breast cancer survivors with an opportunity to come together as a supportive community and celebrate life.

"We've faced some big obstacles in planning the Race this year, but there is no bigger obstacle than Breast Cancer" said Char Davis, co-chair for the 2012 Race for the Cure and a breast cancer survivor.

"Working on this Race, to help other women and get to a Cure, has really helped me heal," said Lynda Weatherby, co-chair for the 2012 Race for the Cure who has also survived breast cancer.

For more information:

Puget Sound Race for the Cure

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