Buddy's races into 19th year to fight cancer

12:14 AM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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Thousands of people filled the streets in Downtown Knoxville Sunday afternoon for the 19th annual Buddy's Race Against Cancer.

Many ran or walked for different reasons. For some, the race is about paying tribute to lost loved ones. For others, it's about recognizing the survivors.

But they all come with the same goal: to raise money for cancer prevention.

"There's really no one that I know or that's here today that has not been touched by cancer," said Thompson Cancer Survival Center's Director of Development, Sharon Mullens.

The race has raised $4.5 million for Thompson Cancer Survival Center in their 19 years. Organizers hope to push that total over $5 million after Sunday's numbers are tallied.

"Every penny raised from this race goes to provide cancer screenings and education in our service areas... that's 18 counties," said Mullens.

Race participant Jason Edwards has battled a brain tumor for two years. He wanted a way to give back the support he's been shown by Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

"Just having cancer is very hard not only on yourself, your family, everyone around you. I cannot imagine what it would have been like for us if we wouldn't have had insurance," Edwards said.

He's still fighting the battle, but he's considered stable and hopes to soon be in remission.

Team Edwards raised around $5,000 with a team of 58.

There is still time to donate if you weren't able to make the race. They are accepting donations at buddysrace.org through mid December.

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