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Stadium painted pink for Lowcountry Komen Race for the Cure

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DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) – Each year, about 220,000 women in the United States are told they have breast cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Of those women, about 40,000 will lose their battle with the disease.

Saturday, about  8,000 people gathered at the Family Circle Cup Stadium to help change those odds.

Men, women and children ran and walked in their bright pink gear at the 20th Annual Lowcountry Komen Race for the Cure.

"Every breast cancer party that can't walk – we walk or run for them," said one Charleston City firefighter. "And for all the names on his helmet and all the names on my air pack. This is why we do it."

Many ran and walked with names of friends and family members who survived the disease and those who did not posted on their backs. 

Survivors also participated in the race.

"This is my first year coming back and doing it as a survivor," said Chauntelle Ferland, who was the first survivor to cross the finish line.

"Don't let it beat you," she said. "It's not worth it. You can come back here and kick some butt."

According to the NBCF, although it is rare, an estimated 2,150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. About 400 of those men die from the disease.

"I'm a four-year breast cancer survivor myself," said Dennis Smalls. "I know the chances are very rare. It's probably 2,000 men a year diagnosed with breast cancer and I'm one of them."

The money raised at the event will go toward funding local health grants and breast cancer research.

Last year, participants raised more than $800,000. The final numbers have not been released yet, but officials said the goal for the 2013 race was $1,000,000.

If you would like to learn more about donating, click here.

The website also includes a list of resources for breast cancer screenings, education and support.

 

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