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Kentucky Oaks honors cancer survivors in pre-race parade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of women in pink paraded around Churchill Downs prior to the Kentucky Oaks for the 4th annual survivors' parade.

About 140 cancer survivors were honored Friday with their loved ones just before the running of the Kentucky Oaks.

Thousands of race fans also included pink in their Oaks Day wardrobe, in honor of cancer survivors.

"It's our 'pink out' and the community has really caught the wave," said Dana Johnson, director of community relations at Churchill Downs.

All of survivors held signs and walked in a stunning parade of pink around Churchill's main track. Track officials say the event is catching on, which means a lot to the survivors.

"It's amazing, it goes without belief -- it just gives you hope and joy," said cancer survivor Jana Johnson.

This the fourth year Churchill Downs has hosted the survivors' parade.

Online nominations chose the group of survivors that appeared in the event.

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