Runners Hit The Pavement To Raise Awareness For Breast Cancer

The 25th Annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure got a crowd of people up early and to Baxter Arena on Sunday, all to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death in women. "To be here today means that I have so far beat triple negative breast cancer and I am a survivor," Cindy Poeschl.

Poeschl was one of hundreds of people that showed up to walk for a cure. She's a survivor, but others attended for loved ones taken too soon.

"My mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three times in her life and ultimately died in 2015, she brought the Race For the Cure to Omaha after having attended the national race in Washington D.C., really wanting to just keep going with the cause," Emily Sommers said.

That cause goes beyond researching cures and treatments.

"Every dollar we raise goes towards education, helping to screen for breast cancer, especially for women who can't afford it or don't have coverage in insurance. The bold goal is to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026," Ann Yager said.

Yager says events like Sunday's, and others throughout the year, go a long way to achieving those goals. "These events are so important for people to stay engaged, awareness about breast cancer and the need to get their mammograms and get checked, but also to remind people that we have a long way to go."

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