Thousands Gather in Sea of Pink for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Downtown Miami

Thousands gathered to raise breast cancer awareness in downtown Miami.

By Claudia DoCampo
|  Saturday, Oct 19, 2013  |  Updated 4:25 PM EDT
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It was a sea of pink at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami Saturday as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure celebrated breast cancer survivors and rallied to raise awareness.

It was a sea of pink at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami Saturday as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure celebrated breast cancer survivors and rallied to raise awareness.

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It was a sea of pink at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami Saturday as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure celebrated breast cancer survivors and rallied to raise awareness.

More than 20 thousand people ran or walked in this race, with about 10,000 supporters cheering them on. Most of the funds they've raised will stay in the South Florida community.

"I'm just walking for people that I've known that have had breast cancer and collected almost $2,000," participant Sheryl Tesone said.

The funds are much needed as research shows that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Many participants dedicated their march for loved ones who have either survived or succumbed to breast cancer.

"For Andrea, this is for you," Nancy Barea said. "We love you, we miss you and we're living like you always said, 'Positive and pa 'lante y pa 'lante.'"

They arrived before dawn to show their support.

"It's very important to let others know that if you have breast cancer or are fighting breast cancer, that we are here with you, you're not alone," Gayle Jones said.

One mother and daughter team were racing for their fourth time.

"It's an awesome experience," Kenisha Harvey said. "My mother is a breast cancer survivor so I'm always interested in participating and I get revved up for this event in support of breast cancer."

Wanda Harvey said the sheer number of participants is an emotional experience.

"It is very personal and it makes me feel very nostalgic," she said. "And the support is overwhelming and it's such a blessing to see so many people out supporting the cause."

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