Thousands Race for the Cure

BOISE The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure drew thousands of people to East Boise Saturday in hope of raising awareness to the fight against Breast Cancer.

Despite the rainy conditions, many wouldn t let the rain turn them away.

The rain is something we deal with on a daily basis from time to time, but it's nothing compared to what they go through, said Stephanie Huffman.

Stephanie Huffman is talking about those who fight and those who have fought breast cancer. She and her husband Duanne are there for her grandmother who passed away 30 years ago at the hands of breast cancer - and for his mom who is currently fighting.

I'm happy to be here to support, to support my mom, said Duanne Huffman.

Each person here has a story, thousands of stories and people, all brought together for one reason.

We are not supporting cancer, we are anticancer. We're supporting the people we love, like Molly Brady.

They put a team of 40 people together to come out this morning and walk with me. What does that mean to you? A lot, more than I could put into words, said Brady, who is fighting breast cancer.

That's why just showing up is, for thousands, support enough.

It's a great community building thing, just everybody coming together in Idaho just shows how great our state really is, said Virgil.

Both Virgil and Rhonda walked for their friend Pam who passed away two years ago.

She was a wonderful person, a wonderful human being, never forget her, I want to do this in honor of her, and get your mammograms girls, said Rhonda.

Chris Beltran got out of his comfort zone to change things up for his aunt, his hero, who passed away 13 years ago.

So we've been doing this race for a very long time, so I wanted to go all out for the last year before I go off to college, so I decided a wrestling singlet, said Beltran.

I was just diagnosed with breast cancer in February, going through treatment right now, said Christy Myers.

Myers had all of her friends and family there to support her so they could do this together.

I just hope that we can find a cure, and that we can put an end to this because this sucks, said Myers. I'm doing well. I have a lot of friends and family, a lot of support. It's been good. .

One woman that has fought hard is Gayle Towery, one of the many survivors.

Last year I was in the middle of chemotherapy, I couldn't walk, I had to be pushed in a wheelchair the whole time, and my goal this year was to not be in the wheelchair and I made it, said Towery.

What started out as a rainy day, finished with a bright forecast for the future.

I just feel wonderful. I think it's just great. I just feel really good, getting hair back, said Towery.

In 14 years, Komen Boise has granted over $4.1 million to medical providers in our area. That money is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, education, screening, support and treatment in Idaho.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment