Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has soggy start but sunny finish
POSTED: Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 7:50pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — El Paso’s race for the cure may have kicked off to a soggy start -- but thousands of El Pasoans braved the weather to run for their loved ones who have died or survived breast cancer.
“[I race] for myself and Blanca Piedras and all survivors,” Sue Gonzales, a breast cancer survivor and a participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, El Paso, 2014.
"It's a good worthy cause and there's a lot of people with breast cancer, not just women,” Phyllis O’Dell, another survivor said.
The Race for the Cure united thousands of El Pasoans through running or walking in their fight against breast cancer on fort bliss streets Sunday.
"This is my 5th year, in that case I'm a survivor,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales brought her granddaughters to the race. The two girls learned the harsh reality of cancer through sue and have taken a proactive stance. "My Tia [Aunt]and my Tio [Uncle] died they couldn't survive,” Jade and Emily Aguilar told us, “That it could hurt people. That it's painful that's why we need to help people."
In tutus and pink ribbon, Terry Perez traveled all the way from Roundrock, TX to honor her aunt. A woman who walked in the race until she lost her fight to cancer three years ago. "She would come out and support us. She wouldn't walk, she would walk a little bit then stop she was always a true fighter,” Terry Perez said.
Perez isn't the only native El Pasoan who made their way to the Sun City. Pablo Bermudez flew from Sacramento, CA to celebrate his mother's 20 year remission. "I'm very happy to know that she's still alive and to know that the spirit of the town is so happy,” Pablo Bermudez explained.
Others joined in, including Norma Marin who has been cancer free 9 years and counting. "And that makes is all worthwhile to be here on this earth one more day and that God gives me the strength and courage to stay here one more day,” Norma Marin said.
The race honored those who have survived and are also receiving help through Komen for the cure, including Shawn Murphy, whose wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. "They help us out because we didn't have any insurance to begin with,” Shawn Murphy, who was also donning a shirt with a pink bra inked on, told us.
It's also a 5k reminder of why Borderland residents continue the fight. “I walk in honor of her and in honor of everybody who's battling cancer,” Perez said.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation raises money for those battling breast cancers but may not have the finances. You can donate through their website: http://ww5.komen.org/Donate/Donate.html