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2016 Race for the Cure kicks off

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-30 09:56:56-05

The Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure kicked off this morning along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.

Organizers set up the course Friday hoping for a record setting turnout for the big race.

Breast cancer survivors say the event is chance to spread their message.

As Ashley Kepchar watches volunteers set up for the race, what comes to mind isn't her battle with breast cancer at the age of 25, but the success following it.

"Back in School, back to work. I feel great and doing good."

Her story is one of many that will be shared this weekend.

"Men can get breast cancer and that early detection is key."

75 percent of the money raised stays in the community for local programs.

"If we don't have the funds to do it we would have thousands of women who would not mammograms who otherwise do."

For Kepchar, that means everything.

"People like the Susan G. Komen foundation raising money, not only for the survivors needs and the community needs, but also for the research aspect."