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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in Detroit

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure organization raises millions of dollars around the country by sponsoring events and activities dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. One such event took place in Detroit recently, where an estimated 40,000 people joined in the cause to fight the deadly disease.

The 5K run/walk as well as a 1-mile walk begun at 7 a.m. and lasted until 11:30 in the morning. During this time, participants walked or ran, and also raised money to fund research and educational campaigns geared at targeting breast cancer.

Thousands of pink ribbons were used to decorate the route of the race, which started at Comerica Park in midtown Detroit. Among the participants, the organization expected about 2,000 breast cancer survivors, as well as 1,200 volunteers.

Senator Carl Levin and Ms. Barbara Levin served as honorary chairs for the event.

In the U.S., breast cancer is diagnosed in more than 200,000 women yearly, according to the American Cancer Society, which recommends yearly mammograms for all women over the age of 40.
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