Racers share why they raced for a cure

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Racers share why they raced for a cure

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by Scott Evans

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Posted on May 11, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:40 PM

BOISE – Over 12,000 people raced Saturday for the Race for the Cure to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer.

When you have thousands and thousands of men, women and children coming together for one cause, chances are good you have thousands and thousands of reasons to participate. So we asked, ‘Why did you race?’

"Kind of like a tradition,” said Tailer Gorbet. “We do it with all of our friends and our family every year.”

"Why do I race? For myself, for my daughter, so maybe they can come up with a cure for my mom who was just diagnosed last November. Any of these women around here," said Kathleen Gardner.

Like every year there are two colors for racers, one explained what the colors meant. "The sea of pink is people like me. We've been through it; we don't want to forget. The sea of white are people that are supporting it. You know there's a lot of people out there who are not forgetting. They're supporting people like me 30 years ago. I didn't go through it alone. I went through it with all these people in white."

And two people who know what it means to not go through it alone - one of them emotionally overcome during the survivor's parade.

"It's emotional for me. My sister had breast cancer first, and then that same year I was diagnosed. So I watched her go through chemo and radiation, and she's my hero and I love her," said one woman. "That's why we're here, for all the sisters and mothers and daughters that get this, and guys too.”

For another racer, she fought the fight long before it became personal. "It was hard for me. I always just wore a white shirt, and it's like I had a friend tell me, you are a survivor, so last year was the first time I wore a pink shirt and it was, I don't know, it's humbling."

And while those who fight are humbled by the support, many are strengthened as well.

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