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Race for the Cure Takes Its Biggest Stride Yet

Posted June 10, 2007 7:55 a.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2007 5:30 p.m. EDT

— There was a record turnout and a remarkable amount of money raised on a warm morning in Raleigh, and it was all to help find a cure for breast cancer.

This year's Susan G. Komen Triangle Race For the Cure set records for attendance and donations.

"We're all here for the same cause!" said Ivey Dodd, a six-year breast cancer survivor as she rode a scooter along with the runners and walkers.

"I hurt my hip,” Dodd said. “I was not going to be able to be in the race if it were not for this electric scooter."

Organizers said 22,000-plus people signed up for this year’s event, and they expect to raise more than $1.5 million when all the pledges are collected.

"I think this is an awesome race. Every year, it grows. The money that they raise, the best part is 75 percent of it stays right here in this Triangle area," survivor Marilyn Ransopher said.

"I've walked in this event for 10 years now,” Ransopher said. This year, her family joined her.

"It's fabulous, fabulous,” Janice Farringer said as she cheered on other walkers. “They're raising money, and we're going to find a cure for breast cancer. There won't be and pink T-shirts. There’ll be just white T-shirts. The survivors will be fewer in number because we're going to find a cure,” Janice Farringer said

"I've had several friends to die from breast cancer, and I've had some to survive. With our support, research can continue to find a cure someday," Cynthia Ferebee said she walked.

Nationally, this is the 25th year for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Triangle has hosted a Race For the Cure for the past 11 years.