DALLAS - FOX 4 is a proud partner for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure. The event on Saturday raises money and awareness for the fight to end breast cancer.
Thousands of people decked out in pink could be seen from SKY4 at Saturday morning’s race at NorthPark Center.
“It’s an incredibly uplifting, very emotional but also very exciting event where we celebrate survivors,” said Nicole Metcalf, the executive director of Susan G. Komen Dallas County. “We also just want to want to bring hope to those that are fighting so hard tomorrow to find a cure but also to provide the support services for those who are currently battling or to just taking the measures to make sure you take your breast health seriously,”
The most emotional moment of the morning came from a mother and daughter. Jennifer Lucas is a breast cancer survivor. Her mom, Deanna Boney, is currently fighting breast cancer. They lean on each other for support.
“My courage came from her,” Boney said of her daughter. “I wasn’t worried at all. For one thing God was with me and then my daughter, she gave me the real courage to not be afraid and I wasn’t.”
The event is full of excitement and energy but there are also a lot of serious and touching moments, especially the survivor’s march. This year it has been rebranded as the March of Hope.
“Part of our platform nationally is to fund research specific to metastatic so tomorrow is about giving hope to them as well as celebrating the survivors who have beat breast cancer and are currently cancer-free,” Metcalf said.
She said up to 75 percent of the proceeds will stay in Dallas County to fund screening, diagnostics, treatment, transportation services and education. Up to 25 percent goes to Komen’s national headquarters for research.
“They are putting it into grants for the metastatic research, clinical trials, things of that nature,” Metcalf said.