POSTED: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 8:33am
UPDATED: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 8:33am
EL PASO--- In the early morning light, thousands walked towards the starting line at Cohen Stadium, ready to run for a cause that hits close to home: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Take Dale Bower.
He's from California, but after breast cancer killed his mother and hit his sister he and his family traveled to the Sun City to run for a cure.
"It looks like we're going to have a good crowd and that's what counts. Everybody coming out here, and putting forth their best effort," he said.
Many of the thousands of women, men and children here are running in support of someone close.
Some of them want to make sure their fellow woman is getting tested for the disease.
"It's the only way we can know what's going on in our bodies, we're the ones who know it the best, and we really need to have women aware of what's going on," said Colleen Jauregui, who ran in support of her mother, a breast cancer survivor.
Then there's Maria Faber, who, with the support of her daughters and family, had a lot to celebrate Sunday.
"It's a lot of encouragement, and I feel very good that I'm 15 years a survivor. And today is my birthday!" she said, cheering.
For Maria, seeing the sea of survivors, families and friends all united, brings her joy on her birthday.
"For me it's a really big inspiration because I can see that people like to find a cure for this disease," she said.
The quickest participant ran the race in about 15:30 minutes.
Money raised from the Race for the Cure will go towards treatment in the Borderland and research nationwide.
For highlights from Sunday's race, click here.