Thousands gather for annual Komen race in Dallas

- The 35th annual Komen Dallas Race for the Cure happened Saturday morning at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

The first Komen race was held in Dallas in 1982 to honor Susan G. Komen. Her sister, Nancy Brinker, made a promise to find a cure for breast cancer.

This year an estimated 15,000 breast cancer patients, survivors, friends and family members gathered to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Komen’s is to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the United States by 50 percent in the next 10 years.

That’s what the money raised from the race does. It helps pay for mammograms, treatments and it helps arm men and women with information to help them catch the disease early.

Over the years Komen has helped fund research for more accurate screenings, less drastic treatments and better care for those whose cancer is beyond treatment. And it helps get life-saving information to the communities that need it most.

Saturday’s race started at 8 a.m. with timed runners leading the charge. There was a timed 5K, 5K fun run and 1K race followed by a celebration of survivors and awards.

FOX 4 is a proud sponsor of the event. Viewers are encouraged to share pictures throughout the day on social media using the hashtag #DallasRace and #KomenDallas.

For more information or to donate, visit komen-dallas.org.

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