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Nearly 15,000 people participated in Collierville race

(WMC-TV) - More than 15,000 people converged on Collierville today for the Race for the Cure. It was the first time the race was hosted in the city.

Survivors and supporters were proud and inspired to raise money for Saturday's event for breast cancer awareness.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is in its 21st year. This year, the local location moved from Germantown to Collierville. Although the location may have changed, the message did not.

"Breast cancer doesn't discriminate between age, race, and gender... or whether you're insured or uninsured. That's where Komen comes in. We help uninsured women get access to mammograms and screenings," said organizer Sara Thatcher.

Janie Savery who was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago. Today, she celebrates life.

"Life is good and survivors rock," stated Savery.

Some ran to honor those who lost their lives..

"I had a good friend die two-years-ago. My mom had it when she was 50-years-old and she died in 2009 she was 95," explained supporter Mary Henry.

This is a testament to how many generations of families are impacted by breast cancer. This disease strikes 1 in 8 women.

"We've got a lot of good people that love us and they stand behind us. (They help) get us through the whole situation. So, we're blessed," said Janie Savery.

As long as there are survivors, many believe there is hope.

"It just makes you feel alive, Memphis. it's the love of Memphis and a cure," declared Mary Henry.

Organizers expected to raise $1 million after today's event.

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