Our news partners at the Palm Beach Post report that the winners of the various 5K races are as follows:
Women: Angie Arendell, 32, West Palm Beach, recently moved here from Denver, was sixth in marathon in Charleston only last weekend, official time 19:12.
Runner-up: Sara Gomez, Boca Raton, official time 19:27.
Men: Salvador Medrano, 16, John I Leonard High runner, official time 16:34.
Top breast cancer survivor: Liane Pancoast, Westford, Ma., official time 21:14.
Thousands flooded the streets of downtown West Palm Beach this morning for the race for the cure for breast cancer.
This is the 22nd anniversary of the Susan G. Komen race.
This year nearly 20,000 people participated.
Some ran in the 5K while others walked the 5k, but no matter who participated they joined the fight against the diseease.
Nancy Brinker, a part-time Palm Beach resident, started this in 1982, two years after her sister, Susan, died from breast cancer.
Since its become a nationwide movement, many people form teams, like Karen List, who created one of the largest teams called the Temple Israel TaTa Society.
"We've just always done this," she said. "This is just who we are and what we do and we're just trying to make our community better."
Many sported different shirts to show their support of the cause.
Everybody received a white shirt, but those in hot pink were survivors of the disease.
Katie Buckle was one of the survivors who walked Saturday morning.
The walk tired out Buckle, but not nearly as much her fight against breast cancer in 2007.
"It was very challenging, but I got through it," she said. I'm here for the walk and I'm going to sponsor Susan G. Komen to the end."
More than 2 million women are living with breast cancer in the United States of America.
Nearly 40,000 die from the disease each year.
In 2003, Mark Stepaniak's wife Lauren died due to breast cancer.
"The first years were really rough but it's just a lot of memory now," he said about dealing with his wife's death.
He may not have been wearing pink Saturday, but his wife was memorialized on his shirt.
Stepaniak said walking in the race isn't easy, but he gets it done.
"Let's put it this way it was a heck of a lot easier a few years ago," he laughed about walking the race. "She gives me the little boost you know to keep me walking through the whole thing."
He hopes that by signing up and walking with thousands of others, that one day there will be a cure for the disease that's taken so many lives.
"I can only hope in my life time that I get to see it and be able to shout it up to her that it's over," he added.
Thousands of dollars are raised each year during the race and 75 percent of the funds raised in Saturday's race for the cure will go back into the local community by funding cancer screenings and treatment.
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