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Thousands participate in the 18th Annual Race for the Cure for Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky - More than 10,000 men, women, and children hit the pavement this morning in Louisville for the 18th annual Komen Louisville Race for the Cure.

The event which raises funds for Susan G. Komen foundation and 15 county services groups related to cancer research and treatment kicked off at a Slugger Field.

Participants could take part in a 5K run or 1 mile family walk. WDRB talked to several survivors today just as they finished their races. 

"It really means a lot," Tawanda Hamblin, a 7 year cancer survivor, said. "I'm just glad that we have so much support and so many survivors showing up. It's just a great feeling."

Hamblin's friend, Donna Dooley, a 4 year cancer survivor, said it was a chance to be with others who have beaten cancer and take part in helping fight the disease. 

"I'm here to celebrate life. This is for Susan G. Komen. This is wonderful. It's great to see all the money raised here goes to find a cure," she told us.

Cindy Burton is an 18 year cancer survivor. She says she has taken part in the Louisville Race for the Cure since it began 18 years ago, right after she was cancer free.

"It's very emotional, very emotional," she said. "There are a lot of beautiful women here, inside and out, here and a lot of community support and love. I feel it every year when I come.  I just want to yell out 'let's beat breast cancer, let's beat it!'"

The Susan G. Komen foundation funds several local resources for those dealing with cancer.

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