15,000 join on one mission during ‘Race for the Cure’

(WISH Photo / Kevin Ratermann)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 3.1 mile walk attracted 15,000 people to downtown Indianapolis on one mission – to support breast cancer patients, survivors and research.

The 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure stepped off from Military Park Saturday morning.

Walkers dawning just about anything in pink walked the streets in an effort to raise awareness and money for researching the causes, improved treatments and cures for breast cancer.

Among the walkers was 29-year-old and recent breast cancer survivor, Robreon Rouse of Indianapolis. While considered an inspiration for her family and friends, Rouse said she was inspired herself by the turnout Saturday.

“It really shows the younger generation that cancer doesn’t have an age,” Rouse said. “People don’t even go through [cancer] but still support it; that’s amazing.”

Komen Central Indiana services a 21-county area and has said 75 percent of proceeds raised during the yearly event provide grants for local breast health programs.

“This day is really all about celebrating each of [the survivors] and their journeys, also remembering those we’ve lost to the disease,” Komen Central Indiana executive director Natalie Sutton said.

Officials state on the organization’s website that the other 25 percent goes to the Komen Global Research Grants program.

Komen Central Indiana set a goal to raise $1.5 million during the 2014 event.

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