Triangle Runners, Walkers Raced For The Cure
Posted June 9, 2001 7:02 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — The biggest 5K road race in the state got even bigger Saturday morning as 15,000 runners and walkers pounded the pavement during the Triangle Race For the Cure, all in the name of defeating breast cancer.
"I couldn't believe it," runner Donna Ipock says. "I took pictures of people going uphill, and I turned around and there's a wave of people behind us. It's exciting."
Ipock is running for her friend Luetta Felton, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995.
Felton is running to celebrate a milestone: she has been cancer-free for five years.
"You just get chills watching people who've been through it, and people who've supported people who've been through it," Felton says.
The Race For The Cure raised $485,00 in the Triangle last year. Twenty-five percent of that money funded research. Seventy-five percent stayed in North Carolina to fund education, screening, and treatment programs.
"We fund a program called Better Start Early," says race organizer Diana Lagrassa, "and it targets girls age 14-16, and teaches them how to do breast self-exams, and teaches them good breast health at a very young age."
Organizers hope the huge turnout will help them meet their goal of raising $550,000.