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Breast cancer survivors march together into the start of the Koman Race for the Cure on June 15, 2013. The 15th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure was is held to raise money for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. Officials say attendance was down from last year. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Breast cancer survivors march together into the start of the Koman Race for the Cure on June 15, 2013. The 15th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure was is held to raise money for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. Officials say attendance was down from last year. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – More than 40,000 people gathered downtown Saturday morning for the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Bells rang out as the race started. Some raced for the cure and others celebrated their person victories.

PHOTOS: 15th Annual Komen Race For The Cure in St. Louis

Allyson Farfield says she was 23-years-old when she was diagnosed.

She says the fight was hard and scary, but on race day her hair was spray painted a glittery pink and she was wearing a bright pink tutu, along with her five friends.

“They have been amazing, with me throughout the entire process, my friends, my family,” Farfield says, “they’ve kind of been my army throughout the whole thing, so it’s pretty awesome.”

Farfield called her first race as a survivor “overwhelming.”

Sherly Long, a 29-year survivor, came to the race with her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She says the event makes her hopeful, but also very sad.

“Well, it bothers me that there is so much breast cancer and why,” Long says. “Why have they not found a cure for it. That bothers me.”

Long says she does think treatment has improved in the last three decades.

Over 40,000 people line the streets of St. Louis walking in the Koman Race for the Cure on June 15, 2013. Officials say attendance is down from the 2012 walk. The 15th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure was held to raise money for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. (Credit: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Over 40,000 people line the streets of St. Louis walking in the Koman Race for the Cure on June 15, 2013. Officials say attendance is down from the 2012 walk. The 15th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure was held to raise money for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. (Credit: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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