Thousands invade downtown Salt Lake City and turn it pink

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – There were lots of cheers and lots of tears Saturday morning. Thousands gathered for the running of the 21st annual Susan G. Komen ‘Race for the Cure’. The goal is a world without breast cancer.

The most touching moment each year is the ‘Survivors March’, showing that there is hope. Dozens of women who have survived breast cancer, sometimes for decades, waving at their loved ones with pride.

Their loved ones are happy they are alive.

Jane Pattee told Good4Utah, “I am here because I’m a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient and a survivor and I wanted to see it. I’m here for the first time to see all the other ladies, to visit and feel all the vibes that I get from all of them.” The vibes that she gets are of strength and hope.

And of course there is the 5K race. This is the major fundraiser for the Komen foundations which has raised millions of dollars to provide services for women with breast cancer and always searching for that cure.

People run and walk for different reasons, all with one goal. And there was a winner. Brian Summers spoke to us when he crossed the finish line in 1st place. Summers said, “I feel good. I came out and ran for my friend Karen, She’s a survivor and one of my best friends and a family friend. I came out and ran for her.” He and the other racers just want to find a cure for this horrible disease. And to show support for those fighting it.

ABC 4 is a proud sponsor of the ‘Race for the Cure’. Our own Suree Chinn was the emcee.

But this day is all about the survivors. Kate Moss told us, “A lot of the survivors really enjoy the event. They feel like they’re a part of the community and have a support system to help them through things. For others it’s really challenging and difficult. It’s a reminder that they have gone through breast cancer or that they have lost somebody to breast cancer or they may be losing the battle themselves.”

2,500 people had signed up before the event. Many more showed up. Most wearing pink. So there were several thousand downtown today in the race for the cure.

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