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"Race for the Cure" draws big crowd despite rain

Posted at 6:57 PM, Jan 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 19:02:21-05

Despite the rain, hundreds showed up in pink at the Susan Komen “Race for the Cure” in West Palm Beach.

At this 5k run, everyone has a story to tell along the way.

“I’ve recently been diagnosed (with breast cancer) and I’ve been going through treatment,” Ari Strobel said.

With her is her friend Marla Ribeiro.

“I just got diagnosed the with metastatic breast cancer,” Ribeiro said.

Others race for their moms, like Nicola Williams.

“I can’t do without my mom,” Williams said about her mother, a survivor. “She’s my backbone.”

Nickeisha Sterling was shocked when her sister was diagnosed and says she is now more aware of breast cancer and getting checkups as well.

“It’s very important,” Sterling said. “Everyone should get checked.”

People showed up in pink tutus, pink dinosaur costumes. A sea of pink, to find a cure but also to have a sense of community.

Here, no one walks alone.

Survivors hugging those who are still fighting the disease. Friends comforting those who have lost loved ones.

Michelle Moss still can’t forget when she got the diagnosis.

“I was diagnosed in May of 2017 with stage 4 breast cancer,” Moss said.

At first she couldn’t believe it.

“It was devastating,” Moss said with tears in her eyes. “But, you spent the weekend crying and then you dye your hair pink.”

Her mother was equally shocked.

“It’s not supposed to happen to your children,” Moss’ mom said.

Moss, a mother of two, is a fighter.

“And then I decided it wasn’t beating me,” Moss said. “And that was it. It didn’t and it won’t.”

Because rain or not, this is not your average 5k.

“I want to live. I want to survive. I’m an overcomer,” Ribeiro said.