Thousands race in Albany to help fight breast cancer

October 07, 2017 07:10 PM

ALBANY – People crossed the finish line at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday with a sense of accomplishment.

"It's magical and to have my son by my side... two years ago I was getting ready to start chemotherapy. This is just the best thing ever,” said breast cancer survivor Kristen Casey.

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Casey was diagnosed two years ago with no family history of breast cancer.

“I got my mammogram 10 days after my 40th birthday,” she said.

The fitness instructor at ABC Sports and Fitness ran the race 10 years ago in support of others. But never in her wildest dreams did she ever think she'd be at the race with a survivor's t-shirt and her own team from ABC.

“With Kristen's diagnosis we knew we just wanted to do something to not only honor her, but all those that battled around family members at ABC,” said Toni Howard of ABC Sports and Fitness.

The race was packed with runners and walkers like Casey. Many were supporting loved ones by their side recently diagnosed with breast cancer, or in memory of a loved one they recently lost. Some were on hand for the first time, like Lauren Kent. She got the life changing news back in 2016.

“Right now I'm cancer free. I am almost eight months out of treatment,” she said.

Kent, an instructor at The Dance Department in Clifton Park, was featured on The Today Show's Pink Power segment with Hoda Kotb on Friday.

“I got to dance with the Rockettes, which was absolutely incredible,” Kent said.

She was surrounded by dance moms, her dancers, family and friends. They were happy to support other survivors, those who lost the battle and everyone still fighting it.

"It's fantastic, it's beautiful," said Kent. "It's such an amazing celebration."

Race for the Cure stepped off Saturday morning on Madison Avenue in Albany. Organizers say part of the money raised will go to fund lifesaving cutting edge research.

"It's been a great day for wonderful stories of survivorship, camaraderie and awareness about breast cancer," said race organizer Sandra Goldmeer.


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