|Updated: 10/23/2011 8:42 am
||Published: 10/22/2011 6:48 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Waiting and hoping to find a cure for breast cancer is why 44,200 people filled the streets of downtown Little Rock Saturday. The event is the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The race was a huge color of support from so many to find a permanent solution to the deadly disease. Supporters and survivors dressed in costumes. Even the animals get involved. Saturday was the day Little Rock remembers those who have died, honors survivors, while raising money to fund research.
"I'm a breast cancer survivor," said participant Karen Turner. The large turnout was a picture of support for she and other survivors.
Most walk in honor of someone. Randy Mcleod comes to support his wife.
"It really makes you swell up with pride,"said Mcleod.
His wife is a 20-year survivor.
"I'm glad to be here and walk for people that didn't survive," said his wife Teresa Mcleod.
Bonita Paul celebrates a double win. Not only did she cross the finish line first, but she was also running in memory of a loved one.
"My friend passed away from breast cancer in 2009," said Paul.
Mcleod encourages others to sign up next year.
"They don't know what they are missing. The only thing you have to do is come to this once and you will be hooked and they will be back," said Mcleod.
Turner will definitely be back next year. But for now, she enjoys the moment.
"Thanks for everybody. I've had a great time. Thanks."
Saturday's race raised $2 million; even though attendance was down nationwide by roughly 15-percent.
According to komenarkansas.org, breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races.
It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.
For help, call 1-877-GO-KOMEN