Over 25,000 participate in Race for the Cure

Published On: Oct 06 2012 04:56:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 07 2012 07:33:33 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

More than 25,000 people participated in the 22nd Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Houston Saturday morning.

People proudly walked or ran the streets of Houston, displaying their pink and their passion to find a cure for breast cancer.

"I'm here to walk the race of a survivor," said Charlotte Johnson, who battled breast cancer in 2000 and again in 2008.  "I am so blessed.  I'm highly favored to know that I've been through this twice and survived it."

While cancer survivors were among the thousands, others walked on behalf of their family and friends.

"I'm walking in support of my sister who was just diagnosed with breast cancer this year," said Laura Thames-Pride, a race participant.  "I also have a godmother who was diagnosed last year."

The participants all agreed that finding a cure for breast cancer is critical.

In 21 years, the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has contributed eight million dollars for national research, and over $25 million for community grants in southeast Texas counties.