Susan G. Komen Central Indiana Race for the Cure canceled due to weather

Race for the Cure canceled
Race for the Cure rained out

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Central Indiana Race for the Cure was cancelled for the first time, as thunder clapped and lightning flashed around the metro area. Race organizers made the call early Saturday morning to help participants who would be travelling from far away. They expected thousands of people to show up – and some of them did, despite the bad weather.

“I said, ‘well, we'll just go out there to see if they're going to have it.’ I know it's raining but maybe we thought it's going to stop,” said Norma Griffo, who is a breast cancer survivor.

It didn’t, but that didn’t stop workers and volunteers from helping clean up, dry off and tear down their equipment. Kroger had donated truckloads of fresh food for runners, but ended up taking it to Gleaner’s instead, so it wouldn’t go to waste.

“I think a lot of the people involved have been through breast cancer or they know someone who has and it just puts things in perspective,” said Natalie Sutton, who is the executive director for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. “This is easy compared to what that journey looks like and we will be here and do what we need to do. We can't control this, but we'll deal with it.”

Kriss Griffiths-Holm, who was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago, traveled to the Hoosier state from Hawaii to walk with her mom, Judith Griffiths. Judith just found out she had the disease this year. They wanted to walk across the finish line together, but it had already been taken down by the time they arrived. Race organizers were still able to help them make the day special. Watch the video to see what they did!

“It's a memory,” said Kriss. “Just like every cancer story is different, every Race for the Cure is different.”

Even though this year didn't go quite as planned, people we talked with are already looking ahead to next year – April 28, 2018. Race organizers have already reserved the park and are hoping for better weather.

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