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Thousands attend the 17th annual Race for the Cure

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Thousands came out Saturday to support those who have survived breast cancer and those currently battling the disease.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Thousands came out Saturday to support those who have survived breast cancer and those currently battling the disease.

The 17th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure took place in Liberty Square. Nearly 12,000 people came took part in the 5k run/walk.

The event appropriately scheduled Mother's Day weekend included moms, daughters, spouses and friends all touched by breast cancer.

“There are so many wives and mothers and sisters that have been lost to this disease, I think everybody has a female in their life that could be at risk,” said Paula Gephart, Bluffdale.

Raising money is a big part of the race. Proceeds go to breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatment programs. It also pays for grants that reach Utah women statewide particularly those uninsured and underserved.

According to the race organizers, money raised exceeds $300,000 and is projected to reach $500,000 once everything is counted.
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