(WBIR, Knoxville) - In about a week and a half, thousands will fill World's Fair Park to race for a cure to end breast cancer.
Race for the Cure is the biggest fundraising event for Susan G. Komen Knoxville every year.
For the survivor who leads the organization, Race for the Cure is about more than finding a cure for breast cancer, it's about hope.
Jane Brannon who is the executive director Komen Knoxville was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago.
"I like many women thought that it happened to other people," she said.
Although she does more planning for Race for the Cure than running or walking, Brannon says she does so for her granddaughters, as well as for the men and women fighting the disease.
"My son has two beautiful girls, and I just hope and pray when they're old enough they won't have to hear the words you have breast cancer," Brannon said.
Brannon says in the 12 years since her diagnosis, detection and treatments have gotten better.
"Breast cancer research is very complex. There are hundreds of kinds and variations of breast cancer so we are not just looking for one cure we are looking for many, many cures. We are close. We are closer than we ever have been," Brannon said.
But until that cure is found, survivors will still worry about the cancer coming back.
"This is part of what we call our new normal. You learn to live with the fact that it may come back one day," said Brannon.
"Cancer lurks around, it's very tricky and deliberate."
The race is October 26th at World's Fair Park. You can register now until race day. You can find more information by going to www.komenknoxville.org.