Race for the Cure honors breast cancer survivors, supporters

October 5, 2016Live at Five at 4Susan G. Komen KnoxvilleRace for the CureOctober 5, 2016World's Fair Parkkomenknoxville.org

There's still time to sign up for the Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure set for Saturday, Oct. 22. 

The 5K and one mile race is a chance for breast cancer survivors and their families and supporters to share their personal stories are raise awareness for the breast cancer movement. 

One local family has been taking part in the event for over 10 years. Kim Blanchard Pennington and her two sisters started their Komen team "Christy's Angels" for the 2005 race in honor of their mother, Christy. 

Their mother, who died in 2005, had been involved in Komen for years, and creating a Race for The Cure team was the perfect way to honor her, Pennington said. 

"It keeps our bond together, our family and friends join us," she said. 

Taking part in the event with thousands of other breast cancer survivors and supporters also helped Christy's family in their healing process. 

"It was nice to know that we were still able to do that in her memory, even though she wasn't there with us," Pennington said. 

Amy Dunaway, executive director of Koman Knoxville, said 300 to 400 teams participate in the event each year. Many of the teams participate in honor or memory of a loved one. 

Race for the Cure takes place in World's Fair Park. This year's theme is "Race for the Cure Warriors" in recognition of breast cancer survivors and family members of those who love their breast cancer battle and are carrying on in their absence.

The 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. There is also a Survivor Recognition Program and "Parade of Pink" before the race.

For a complete schedule of events, and to register, visit KomenKnoxville.org.

Live coverage of the event will be on WBIR and WBIR.com at 6 and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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