EUGENE, Ore. -- For many of the over 3,500 participants at this year's Race for the Cure, the event is more than just a fundraiser. The race is a symbol of hope for breast cancer patients and survivors, and gives people a chance to honor those who've lost their battle.
Racers came out to Autzen Stadium early on Sunday morning to take part in the third annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Eugene.
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Organizers said they were thrilled to see so many people show up to support the Susan G. Komen cause, in spite of the rainy weather. A record number of breast cancer survivors in attendance this year. Some spent the race sharing their stories with others while walking the trails of Alton Baker Park.
Few people have heard more survival stories than Thomas Bruner. Bruner is the CEO of in Oregon and southwest Washington. He said that the power of this event extends far past the local area.
"There will be 10 women in Oregon that die this week of breast cancer … and there will be 50 women who are diagnosed this week." Bruner said.
Race for the Cure officials said that they have a goal of raising $1 million for breast cancer research by the end of October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Organizers added that they will be counting all donations up until November 16th.
Visit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure website to find out how you can contribute.