Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure helps raise funds to reduce breast cancer deaths

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure helps raise funds to reduce breast cancer deaths

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure kicked off Saturday morning. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and funds towards breast cancer.

The event started with a "Survivor's Ceremony" at 8 a.m., followed by a warm up, then the 5K race and walk at 9 a.m. A "Kids Dash" took place at 10 a.m. Awards were handed out at 10:15 a.m. and the day wrapped up by 12 p.m.

The funds raised during the breast cancer awareness event go toward programs like screening, treatment services, and research on how to prevent and treat the cancer.

PHOTOS: Thousands of people showed up to support the survivors and to run in the Race for the Cure.

According to BreastCancer.org, about 12 percent of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. More than 40,000 women in the United States are expected to die from breast cancer in 2017.

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