The annual Komen Maine Race for the Cure attracted at least 44-hundred walkers and runners, and raised an all time-high of a quarter of a million dollars.
The money goes to education, screening, and treatment programs for breast cancer, the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.
Many Participants say that the event is about shared experiences.
":There’s a lot of supportive people here: and as a survivor, that’s wonderful to see.":
One in eight women will develop breast cancer, but finding it before it spreads can mean a 98% chance of beating it.
Health professionals stress healthy lifestyles, regular self breast exams, clinical exams and yearly mammograms.
":I just want to have many, many more women have the chance that I had":
75% of the money raised from Sunday’s race will stay here in Maine to help fund education, screening, and treatment programs. The rest funds research.
Many racers carried with them personal battles and memories of loved ones, others had messages to share.
":Have faith, be positive, and a miracle will happen.":
Since the race came here in 1997, they’ve raised more than $1,000,000 for programs in the state.