Thousands Pack Bangor Waterfront For Komen Race For The Cure

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 years ago

More than 5000 people packed the Bangor waterfront this morning for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Organizers are already calling this year’s race the best ever. Georgiana Wright breast is one of many cancer survivors to take part in the annual event. “It’s heart warming,” she said. Just getting out here and supporting each other. Supporting sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers. We need the support. You have to have them on your team to fight it.”That was the spirit you could hear all around the waterfront as a sea of pink made its way down Main Street. Organizers say they had 5000 people registered for this years race heading into race day. Nichi Farnham is in charge of race day operations. “This part of Maine the people are awesome and they’re so caring and here they are all to celebrate the survivors.” That’s what this day is all about: the survivors. People like Laura Carey. She was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 breast cancer 7 years ago at age 34. On this day she’s the first survivor to cross the finish line. “Everybody who’s here is happy to be here,” says Carey. “I think you appreciate every day that you’re here. I know I do. I appreciate every day that I get to be with my kids, it’s just great.”Sean Armstrong of Swanville knows all to well that breast cancer can also affect men. He was diagnosed with it in 2006. “I ran this today just in hopes that we can eliminate the word cancer out of our vocabularies for our children,” he says. Armstrong also has this message to the men out there. “Check yourselves out guys. It’s very important for you.” The survivors want to get the message out to those men and women who may have recently been diagnosed. They want them to know that they’re not alone. “Don’t give up,” says survivor Diana Haynes. “There’s so much out there to help you.”


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