2014 Komen Race for the Cure in Cleveland

RAW: 2014 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Interviews and Speeches
Runners get ready for the 2014 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Cleveland. ( Source: WOIO)
Runners get ready for the 2014 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Cleveland. ( Source: WOIO)

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The 2014 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure started at 9:15 a.m. in Downtown Cleveland on Saturday, September 13.

19 Action News was in full force, speaking with participants who spoke of personal connections to the disease and their own mission to raise awareness.

Rain didn't the stop the men and women who dedicated themselves to running for a cause that is important to so many.

Romona Robinson and Denise Dufala welcomed the many survivors at the event, who battled breast cancer and were at the event as a symbol of strength.  From those who survived the disease for more than 10 years to others who have recently gone into remission, they all were honored as survivors.

The Northeast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®, or Komen Northeast Ohio, is part of Susan G. Komen®, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Our Mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. 

Komen Northeast Ohio serves 22 counties in Northeast Ohio by funding breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and survivor support programs. Seventy-five percent of the funds received remain here in Northeast and the remaining 25 percent helps fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and ultimately its cures. Since 1994, Komen Northeast Ohio has provided more than $13 million in grants to 50 local organizations and more than $5 million to the Komen National Research Grants program.

In March 2010, Komen Northeast Ohio was honored as the "Affiliate of the Year" by the national organization in recognition of the effective stewardship of donor funds and impact in the community.

Each year the Komen Race for the Cure raises significant funds and awareness for breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. 2014 marks the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Cleveland Race for the Cure and the 3rd Susan G. Komen Akron Race for the Cure.