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Y-Me Breast Cancer Race in Chicago draws more than 25,000 people

More than 25,0000 people joined together in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the Y-Me Breast Cancer Race in Chicago, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times.

The participating women represent a wide range of backgrounds, age groups and ethnicities. Mary Lou Malekovic is 79-years-old and has been participating in the walk every year with her son and daughter. Malekovic lost both breasts to breast cancer more than a decade ago.

Teresa Wray, a 47-year-old Italian-American who participated in the race, did it for the memory of her mother, who passed away from breast cancer.

“When I start walking, I just find myself getting all choked up. We always feel like she’s here with us when we walk," Wray told the news source.

About one in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life, according to the American Cancer Society. The ACS recommends that women over the age of 40 receive annual mammograms in order to catch and prevent the spread of cancer. More than 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 alone, while almost 2,000 men received the same diagnosis.
 
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