Breast Cancer Survivors Overwhelmed by Support at Race for the Cure

By: Ryan Wing Email
By: Ryan Wing Email

The second annual Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure is now in the books.

Nearly 2400 participated in the 5k run-walk and one mile walk event.

But the day was all about the survivors of breast cancer.

"This is incredible. It's way more overwhelming than I thought it was going to be," breast cancer survivor Paula Loomis said.

That was the main sentiment from breast cancer survivors who took part in the second annual Susan G. Komen Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure.

Before the race, the survivors paraded around the 400 block together, celebrating their defeat of the deadly disease.

"This is so inspirational. I can't believe the number of people that show up just to root on the survivors and support everyone with breast cancer," breast cancer survivor Sherri Moscinski said.

"It's very empowering and inspiring and a very positive thing to celebrate life and all of those that are still here," breast cancer survivor Anne Jacobsen said.

As you can see pink all around here and all the survivors i talked to said they wouldn't have been able to make it through their difficult ordeal with the support of family and friends.

"People come out of the woodwork when they find out you have cancer and it seems that everybody, even people that don't know you, are willing to help you," Loomis said.

"My support staff meant everything to me. There's no way i could have made it through it without my family, my friends," breast cancer survivor Lee Shipway said.

Paula Loomis is just one of millions of women around the world diagnosed with breast cancer.

She started chemotherapy two days before Christmas last year, and is now cancer free.

"I have to say that cancer is, as sad as this seems, the best thing that's ever happened to me. It has showed me so much about life and I appreciate the small stuff," Loomis said.

"It's so difficult going through the treatment, but when you come out on the other end, it's so nice to see how many women have survived this cancer," Shipway said.

Survivors hope women recently diagnosed with breast cancer know it's possible to conquer the disease.

25 percent of the funds raised from the race are used to fund breast cancer research.

Organizers were hoping to raise more than $400,000 to support breast cancer awareness.

The final total has yet to be counted.

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