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Women of all ages participate in Michigan Race for the Cure

Supporters of the fight against breast cancer participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Michigan Capitol lawn, for the 9th anniversary of the event, according to WLNS News.

Women of all ages came to the event, even though the weather was particularly cold.

"I was very young, I was 27 when I was diagnosed in 2009. The Susan G. Komen Foundation actually funded part of my services that I received, so even if it were raining, I would still be out here," Kezia Brown, one of the breast cancer survivors, told the news source.

According to the Executive Director of Komen mid-Michigan, Christine Pearson, more than $430,000 was given in grants to support mammograms and breast cancer awareness programs in the last year.

According to BreastCancer.org, more than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with the illness in 2010. Women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms, but younger women like Brown should perform regular self-exams as well as have clinical exams for breast cancer.
 
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