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Nearly $280,000 raised in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Hundreds came to to Walk, run and Race for a Cure for breast cancer Saturday, April 9th at the River's Edge Sports Complex in Roanoke.

Celebrating survivors in Southwest Virginia and honoring everyone impacted by breast cancer, the crowds dressed in all

shades of pink braved snowy weather to show their support.

WSLS 10's news anchor Dawn Jefferies emceed  the 2016 Komen Blue Ridge Race for the Cure. It's an event that educates and inspires all participants.

According to Komen, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Race for the Cure is our largest annual fundraiser. Over the first 5 years, we have raised $1.3 million and 75

-percent of what we raise here, stays here," explained Catherine Turner,  Executive Director, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure. "It's a community event, and we can't do what we do without the active role of everyone in Southwest Virginia.  It's important to fund raise and volunteer to look out for your neighbors in the community."

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the world's largest education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

This year's race featured a 10K, and also included the traditional 5K walk/run and 1 mile family walk.

Komen reached 85-percent of its $320,000 goal with $271,059 raised as of 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Donations will be accepted until May 10.


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