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Family makes Oaks Day fashion statement for Survivors Parade

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the signature weekend at Churchill Downs, and the goal is to see and be seen.

"So I wanted something special for Oaks Day with the lilies. I thought rather than just have lilies all over the cheesehead, I would put some horses on, too. So I found some horse statues with jockeys on and glued them on and here I am," said racing fan Jim Leuenberger.

From cheesy fashion choices, to fascinating fascinators and the constant sea of pink prints the colors pop and so do the bottle tops.

"Me and my buddy who I was in the military with kind of started it about four years ago. Buy hats and started decorating them. He put cans on his hats all around and I just decided to do bottle caps," said one fan.

Some characters in the crowd of an estimated 100,000 are crazy creative. Others may just be a little bit crazy.

But the family making the biggest fashion statement may have been sitting in the infield Friday. 

"She's my aunt. She's probably one of the strongest women I know. She's been through ovarian cancer twice," said Shaun Dunn, whose aunt Tina Kremer will walk in the sixth annual Survivors Parade.

The family sits in the infield at the third turn every year, but this year the memory will be different.

"When you meet people from all over, you make friends, you drink together, you make bets you win money you celebrate you have a good time," Dunn said.

The final standings don't really matter. Because this family has already won.

"She's one of the most resilient women I have ever met in my life."

Kremer will walk with 140 other resilient people the Survivors Parade. It is an event that raises money and awareness for ovarian and breast cancer

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