Komen brings thousands downtown

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Komen live report

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Thousands of Hoosiers participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race started at 9:15 a.m. but plenty of people were filling Military Park in downtown Indianapolis as the sun came up.

Breast cancer survivors from around the state say they're excited to be part of the festivities because it is a celebration of their lives.

"I come a lot to the race," said survivor Anne Herald. "All these people are fantastic. They're very encouraging. You can get through it. You really can. I did it. So can you."

Many others came out to support family members or friends.

"Our family comes out here every year in memory of our grandmother who passed away from breast cancer," said Adam Wherry, who lives in Illinois.

One of the highlights was the Pink Parade, led by our own Andrea Morehead. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Many other survivors have a story like hers and the walk through the pink balloon arches gives them time to reflect, show appreciation and love. Their supporters were happy to be there too, some of them jumping in for a quick hug with their loved one.

"It's just a wonderful thing to see somebody come out of such a horrible disease and be able to win it," said Dawn Tripp, who lives in New Palestine and came to support her sister. "It's amazing to watch them. It's kind of like a victory dance for them when they come through. I'm happy my sister is still around, and all the other survivors that come through."

Plenty of survivors were also around fr the big race, where thousands of people hit the streets. Regardless of their pace, their hopes are the same.

"This is a horrible disease and I really hope we find a cure for it," said Tripp. "Things like this, people who come together and support this, are helping every day to find a cure.

Other survivors we talked with say they are always happy to reconnect with people they haven't seen in a long time.

Even though the race is over, you can still help. If you want to donate to the cause, click here.