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.
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.
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