HOUSTON -

Hundreds of Houstonians gathered Saturday for the annual Susan G. Koman "Race for the Cure," a huge event for the city.

"We supply grants with money to local community organizations providing education, screening, and support," said Anne Meyn of Susan G. Koman Houston.

Almost $4 million is raised from the walk and about 75 percent of that stays in the Houston area.

There were about 25,000 people in this sea of pink, the color for breast cancer awareness. Each and every one of them has a story.

Vicki Brown says being a breast cancer survivor is who she is.

"I celebrate it every year. I celebrate it everyday," said Brown.

Brown was diagnosed in 2004 with no family history.

"Breast cancer is not a death sentence," said Brown. "Examine yourself monthly, find it early. If you find something, don't be scared."

Whether a survivor, going through treatment or walking in someone's memory, this is common ground, to let others know they are not alone.