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El Paso Komen Race sees 20,000 participants

The 19th annual Komen El Paso Race for the Cure saw over 20,000 people, including 12,000 walkers and about 8,000 observers, according to the El Paso Times.

The breast cancer awareness event was held on Sunday, February 20, in what the news source called a "sea of pink" near the Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso, Texas.

"I know several people who have had breast cancer. Me and my boyfriend are running for his sister who was just diagnosed. Every single one of us knows at least once person who has been affected by breast cancer," Catherine Coronado, a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso, told the news source.

Coronado is also part of a sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, which sponsors breast cancer awareness charities.

Many people also gathered to remember loved ones lost to cancer.

"My mom found out about a month and a half before she died. It had already metastasized when she found out, so it was already too late," said Suzanne Holmes.

The National Cancer Institute recommends regular mammograms for early breast cancer detection. Regular exercise can contribute to lower risks. The Komen organization recently announced that it will give a $1 million grant to breast cancer and exercise research.
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