The 400 Block of downtown Wausau is covered in pink today for the 5th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Thousands came out to support research geared toward discovering the causes of breast cancer and one day finding a cure.
Sidney Prechel is the Kids for a Cure art contest winner, and today she and her parents strapped on their running shoes for the annual 5K race.
"We actually lost my mother-in-law Nancy Krueger to ovarian cancer," said Julie Prechel, Sidney's mother, "That's actually what we lost her to... but she did have breast cancer as well."
Every year, thousands gather to the 400 Block to run for someone they love, making it Central Wisconsin's largest fundraiser. And 75 percent of the profits raised at the race stay in the local community, helping the Central Wisconsin chapter provide screenings and treatment options for women who may be uninsured or under-insured.
"You do have a sense of community when you actually do participate in this type of event," said Julie. The remaining 25 percent raised today also goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer.
Kennidi Knoblock has been running in this race every year since 2011, and said she runs for her aunt, a breast cancer survivor. "It's important to her, and it's important to me as well," said Knoblock.
This year Knoblock came by herself, but she said she doesn't mind one bit. She said, "It's fun, it's upbeat and I usually know a couple runners so I get to stick with them and then at the end like, everyone's celebrating."
The 5K race kicked off at 9 a.m. And if you didn't run, but are still interested in donating to the Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin fund, you can do so at komencentralwisconsin.org