LAS VEGAS – Thousands of people turned downtown Las Vegas into a sea of pink as they took part in the 16th Annual Race for the Cure Saturday morning. Nearly 20,000 people signed up to run and walk in the race. The annual event raises thousands of dollars that helps treat breast cancer victims by offering free mammograms, treatment and support services to cancer patients.
There were men, woman, children and even pets taking part in the race. One man who was carrying his young daughter on his shoulders said he takes part because it’s a good cause and he wants to support a cure even though breast cancer hasn’t affected his family.
Many of those who do take part in the race are breast cancer survivors or have family members who have battled the disease. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world, with 1.3 million men and women diagnosed annually. It’s also not just a women’s disease. About 300 Las Vegas area men are diagnosed every year.
Michelle Runles who started out as a volunteer with the Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada and is now one of the race organizers said most of the money raised stays in Nevada.
“About 75 percent of all of the funds stay here to benefit Nevada and 25 percent goes to fund a cure.”
The fundraising doesn’t end with the race. There is the Sleep for the Cure which will continue to raise money through the end of the month.