EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCANCER INSPIRES THOUSANDS
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Runners, Walkers, & Supporters Will Rally To Find A Cure For Cancer
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Reported: May. 4, 2012 7:28 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The 12th annual West Virginia Susan G Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m. in front of the State Capitol. The runners will take off at 9:00 and the runners will follow. The proceeds will help those here at home as 75% of the money will go toward research and other expenses. More than 6500 runners and walkers will participate in the event this year.
“It gives me goose bumps now just to think about it!” said cancer survivor and V100 DJ Jeanne K Cochran.
Jeanne K Cochran, broadcasts her voice over the airwaves everyday on V-100. When she was diagnosed with cancer six years ago, she used the power of the media to get the message out that cancer doesn't discriminate.
“Anyone can get breast cancer, we all have to be proactive about our health,” said Cochran.
Cochran will be walking Saturday and says her goal is simply to finish. But there isn't anything simple about finishing her race with cancer.
“Coming across the finish line knowing I've done it again. That reflects my whole philosophy dealing with cancer. I don't fight cancer. I'm not trying to beat cancer. I'm trying to win the race,” said Cochran.
Beth tate was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. Her two kids, Meghan and Jared, say their lives have also changed since the diagnosis.
“I don't even think we knew about cancer,” said Jared Tate, “It's just changed our lives.”
"Breast friends forever" has raised the most money of any other team again this year.
27:02 A survivroship is like a sisterhoold because you feel it.. you know what they're going through and you want to help
The tates encourage each and every one of you to come out to the race tomorrow.
“The first time I was 20 feet from [the finish] and tears were rolling it's just overwhelming,” said Tate, “We're gonna have a cure, we're gonna make it and this changes things. This does make an impact.”
“Anything helps whether it's a dime or a dollar,” said Meghan Tate.
“You're helping you're not just sitting there watching and waiting for a cure.. you're part of the cure,” said Jared Tate.
If you would still like to get involved in the Race for the Cure, you can register in person before the race. Our very own Elizabeth Noreika will be the MC for the event.
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