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Runners, Walkers 'Race For The Cure'

Posted June 11, 2005 6:49 a.m. EDT

— About 200,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year; about 40,000 will die from the disease. That's why a crowd packed the streets of Raleigh near Meredith College on Saturday for the ninth annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

"I'm here in memory of a dear friend, Dianne Yarbrough," Rebecca Doyle said.

One in seven women will get breast cancer, and almost everyone knows somebody who has died from the disease.

"I think it's great all these people came together to help people with breast cancer," said Katie Krovetz, who has an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor.

About 2,500 people showed up for the first Race for the Cure in Raleigh nine years ago.

On Saturday, the number of walkers and runners approached a potentially record-breaking 18,000. Organizers also hope to raise a record $800,000.

"We all have our wives and our daughters," John Peters said. "I've got three daughters and four granddaughters. So man, I want the cure."

No one wants a cure more than survivors of breast cancer, including Raleigh Police Chief Jane Perlov.

Perlov, cancer-free now after treatment, is the honorary chairwoman of this year's Race for the Cure.

"It's just so awesome people can get together and come out and support each other in such a fabulous manner and be so generous and thoughtful," Perlov said. "It really gives us the strength to forge ahead."

Perlov said she's thrilled by the support from so many people, especially her family.

"My 80-year-old father and my mother flew in from New York City to come walk today," Perlov said. "They didn't want to ride; they walked"