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Female jockeys return to racing to raise breast cancer awareness

Eight retired female jockeys will return to the racetrack this Friday, May 14, to raise breast cancer awareness, according to the Thoroughbred Times. Two of the horse racers are breast cancer survivors themselves.

The women jockeys are saddling up again for the Lady Legends for the Cure race, which is cosponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event will take place Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

"Being a breast cancer survivor and bringing awareness to breast cancer and hopefully giving women who are either newly diagnosed or have just been recently diagnosed…is what's so special about this," Patti Cooksey, who in 1985 became the first female to ride in the Preakness, told the news source.

Those who hope to decrease their chances of getting breast cancer have many options available to them. Aside from eating healthy and refraining from smoking, experts advise all women over the age of 40 to undergo a yearly mammogram.

Cooksey also cautions the newly-diagnosed to stay positive.

"There's always hope, and there's always a new day, and you just have to make the most of each one," she told the news outlet.

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