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Tucson Race for the Cure draws thousands

Donning pink T-shirts and running shoes, women and their families from around Tucson join in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, according to the KGUN 9 News.

The race is the largest charity event of its kind in Tucson and this year brought thousands of people together.

"My sister is a breast cancer survivor. She's coming up on her twentieth celebration. She was a beneficiary of the tamoxifen medication which was actually funded by early Komen research," said Jamie Leopold, one of over 700 volunteers at the event.

As new research links healthy lifestyles and regular exercise with lower breast cancer risks, events such as the Race for the Cure not only raise awareness for the disease, but help promote exercise in itself.

One runner, Linda Brady, who together with her daughters participated in the 5K event, said that she has developed an "absolutely [new] outlook on life," since her diagnosis six years ago.

All of the money raised from the race will go towards breast cancer, with 75 percent of the money staying in the Tucson area.

More than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer last year, with the number closer to 2,000 for men with the disease. Regular mammograms can significantly reduce the damage of breast cancer by detecting the illness early. 
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