Breast cancer survivors were honored as part of Sunday's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run/walk event held at Memorial Park in Kingsport. (photo by Jeff Bobo)
KINGSPORT — Fort Henry Drive was flooded by a sea of pink Sunday afternoon as more than 5,000 runners and walkers hit the streets to raise money for the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure."
The fundraising goal this year for the Tri-Cities chapter is $500,000 to benefit breast cancer prevention, research and treatment.
Seventy-five percent of those funds stays in the Tri-Cities to benefit local programs. The other 25 percent goes toward national research.
Just prior to race time Sunday, it was announced they had reached 85 percent of that goal with contributions still coming in and being tallied.
Although the flagship “Race for the Cure” event was Sunday at Memorial Park in Kingsport, event chairman Curt Rose said the fundraiser will continue through the end of October.
“We’ve got a minimum of 5,000 out here today, and we’ve probably got more,” Rose said. “We’ve had registration all day, and it’s been a great turnout on a beautiful day.”
Rose added, “As of yesterday (Saturday) we had over $185,000 already in, but donations have been coming in today and through the end of the month.”
Read more in the Oct. 21, 2013 print edition of the Times-News, or in the expanded electronic edition.