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Thousands ‘Race for a Cure’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – More than 13,000 people turned the streets of downtown Indianapolis pink Saturday morning, as they participated in the 25th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

In addition to the runner and walkers, there were about 2,000 breast cancer survivors who paraded their way through Military Park.

One of the longest survivor’s is 62-year-old Joreen Caldwell. She said at 25-years-old she found a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her son. Now, many of the survivors look to Caldwell as a source of inspiration.

“It’s good to see people. One lady always sees me at the event and she says, ‘I’m so glad you’re here. You made it,’ and I say, ”Well yes!. I’m 87 and I made it,’” Caldwell said.

Caldwell said records of breast cancer survivors have only been kept for 30 years and while she may hold the record for being the longest breast cancer survivor in Central Indiana, she expects many more women will surpass he years of survival because of all of the resources that are now available to women and men who are diagnosed with the disease.

The Susan G. Komen of Central Indiana’s goal for this year’s Race for the Cure was $1.3 million. Most of the money stays in the area to help those are battling the disease.

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