DALLAS - Thousands of people wearing pink gathered Saturday at NorthPark Center for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure. It’s a local event that funds breast cancer screening, treatment and support.
The money raised at for the race saves lives in Dallas County, paying for screenings and mammograms in Dallas County to catch cancer early.
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It pays for treatments that restore life, for better care for those with metastatic breast cancer and those whose cancer might be beyond treatment. The race also funds research that’s put to work in labs in North Texas.
No single event does more for the fight against breast cancer in Dallas County than the Race for the Cure. In fact, Komen Dallas treasurer Dan Jones said the organization just surpassed the $1 billion mark for fundraising.
The race itself had a 1K route and a 5K route, both using the streets closed around the shopping center.
Runners took off at 8 a.m. with the elite runners finishing in the first half-hour. Hundreds of survivors, fighters and family members finished over the course of the hour.
A celebration of life was held afterward with the March of Hope led by the long-term survivors.
People who were affected by last weekend’s tornado were remembered. Many of the people who live along the race route have been directly impacted by the storm.
They’ve supported the race financially and personally for many years and Komen Dallas County wants them to know how special they are to the organization and the Race for the Cure.
Komen Dallas executive director Nicole Metclaf also announced big changes coming for the Race for the Cure.
"We are going to re-imagine and we are going to completely convert the race into what is going to be known as the first-ever Dallas More Thank Pink Walk. So it will be a lot of the same traditions preserved because we know that the March of Hope, for example, is crucial and critical. We're going to celebrate survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer. And that will continue just maybe a little bit different. And that's all I can say about it right now," she said.
Every person in the race has a story – a story of survival or one of helping a loved one fight the disease. Throughout the morning, FOX 4 shared some of those stories and feature a few of the people who are benefitting from the funding.
The event has a direct impact on lives all over Dallas County, especially those in the most underserved communities in North Texas.
To make a donation, visit komen-dallas.org.