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Tucson Race for the Cure sees 11,000 participants

More than 11,000 people participated in the Tucson Race for the Cure breast cancer event, which held its 13th annual program at the Gene C. Reid Park, according to a report from the Tucson Weekly.

Many of the participants were breast cancer survivors themselves or had family and friends who were affected by the disease.

Race for the Cure is an event held throughout the country and sponsored by the Susan G. Komen foundation, which is dedicated to raising breast cancer funding and awareness.

“Susan G. Komen helped me out in the past when I had breast cancer. I lost my job and they helped me financially and with medical treatments," Alicia Fraire, one of the participants, told the news source.

In the U.S., on average, about one in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. However, according to the news source, the rate is much higher - about one in six - for women in Southern Arizona.

The Komen foundation was started by Nancy Brinker, whose sister passed away from breast cancer. Brinker had promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end the illness.
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