More than 4,000 people gathered at the Bangor waterfront Sunday morning for the city’s 17th annual Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure.
“It’s absolutely amazing. Every year it’s such an inspiration to the staff and the volunteers who put so much into this event. For me, my sister is a two time breast cancer survivor, so we all have a story to tell that why we do this,” said Komen Maine Executive Director Sally Bilancia.
“We’re here to walk for my mom who is a breast cancer survivor for five years and my nana who died 26 years ago from breast cancer,” said Barbara Nevells, a Carmel resident.
Two of the many survivors are co-workers. While they may have used each other for support, it’s the community here that touches them every time.
“This is like the most emotional day a survivor can ever have today. There’s so many people that support you on today,” said Patt Newey, a cancer survivor from Winterport.
“I hope this raises money to let education know that early detection is key. It wouldn’t be 23 years for me if it wasn’t early detection and it’s such a blessing to be able to tell people in their first year, ‘hey I got twenty three years, so you can do it too,’” said cancer survivor Karen Farnham.
Three year old Addyson helped raise 600 dollars in memory of her grandmother Melanie Strout Randall.
While many ran the 5k in memory of their loved ones, some raced for themselves. Lisa Buchanan was one of the first survivors to cross the finish line…
“This is my very first race. I’m a two and a half year breast cancer survivor and I used to be a runner and I couldn’t run for months and months and months and I’m back running my first race and I got through and I’m so excited. It’s like go survivors!,” said the Levant resident.
And while people race for a cure year after year…
“Well our hope is to run ourselves out of business, to find that cure to really help people fight the disease anyway we can,” said Bilancia.