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Thousands turn out for "Race for the Cure"

They raced for their mothers, sisters, wives, friends and for themselves.

"First of all, I'm here to walk in honor of our pastor's wife that passed, her name is Doris Harris and her passing was the same day I had my surgery," said breast cancer survivor Sandra Green.

Green joined thousands of others raising money for breast cancer research. But "Race for the Cure" is about much more than money.

For the survivors this race is about celebration and hope.

This is also a day of sharing the indescribable joy - and sorrow - that only those who've lived through breast cancer can understand.

"It's a warmth. You know, you're listening to people, you see the faces, some are crying, and some are joyful," said Green.

The five-kilometer race wound through Germantown making it a sea of pink hats, t-shirts and accessories. All with the same message:

"It's not a death sentence anymore...it's been 17 years for me and here I am," said one survivor.

With a full life ahead and good friends to live it with.

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