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Race for the Cure runners pound soggy ground for cancer research

Posted June 8, 2013

— Thousands gathered at Meredith College in Raleigh Saturday morning for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, one day after Tropical Storm Andrea drenched the area with record rainfall.

The soggy ground didn't deter racers from putting on pink to honor breast cancer survivors and raise money for cancer research. 

Samantha Callich, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 19, said participating in the race is a "remarkable experience."

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"I don't think it's a stretch of the imagination for me to say that I'm alive today because of organizations like Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society," she said. "I was made aware of breast cancer at a really young age, and because of that, when I found my tumor, I was able to seek appropriate treatment."

She urged younger women to pay attention to their bodies and advocate for their own health because "breast cancer can touch you at any age."

Carol Laregina has twice beat breast cancer.

"I am lucky I am here, but there are millions of women battling stage three and four breast cancer who may not be. We have to find a cure," Laregina said. "It will kill, and that is the serious part and that's the scary part. We don't like to talk about that, but that is the reality."

Runners hit the track for the competitive heat at 7 a.m., followed by a survivors' run, before the main, open race kicked off at 8:30 a.m.

a Thousands participate in Race for the Cure

Overcast skies kept the heat in check for race participants, though they signaled an end to the day's dry start.

Spotty showers and storms are expected to move in for the afternoon, any one of which could pack brief, heavy downpours and gusty winds.

"Things are a little quieter today, but not the kind of day we can guarantee it's going to be dry all the time, but there will be plenty of breaks in between," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. 

The day will be plenty humid, with temperatures topping out in the upper 80s.

Sunday's weather will mirror that of the day before. It starts warm, muggy and partly cloudy with a lesser chance for afternoon thunderstorms.

The pattern holds through the early part of the work week, although the storm possibilities slip into the widely scattered category by Tuesday and Wednesday.

The average June rainfall in Raleigh is 3.42 inches. So far this month, the Triangle has had 6.02 inches of rain.


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  • watchhillgirl Jun 10, 2013

    do not tell me what to do. I am a stage III survivor, and am very happy for the treatment that I received. I am not saying that alternative therapies don't help. But I wanted the big guns and used them! I was diagnosed December 23, 2004 and if not for the chemo, radiation and heceptin, I doubt I would still be here. It is my decision and not yours. Keep you theories to yourself. Thank you.

  • CestLaVie Jun 10, 2013


    The cure was found decades ago. Did you know chemo destroys your immune system? Key is building it up, not destroying it, which is exactly what chemo & radiation do.

    Seek alternative therapies FIRST. Read 1 or 2 books by Suzanne Sommers. Check out Hallelujah Acres in Gastonia. Read alternative news sources like natural news.com. There ARE answers that work beyond what your docs are telling you. They're part of the fraud & corruption of this very lucrative medical system that ONLY pushes surgery, chemo...."cut, poison, burn" rarely works, if only for a little while.

    Rest assured. You are not alone. There are millions who followed your same choice. The general public does not want to know the facts & seek alternative answers. Gov't, news media, food, medical & pharma industries do NOT want you to know the real truth either. It's up to you.

    And mostly, stop throwing your dollars & effort at Komen & ACS. They're already ALL millionaires.