NEWPORT BEACH, California — Breast cancer survivors along with family, friends and community members gathered to celebrate life and a future hope for breast cancer research at the 21st annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure in Newport Beach on Sunday. Over 20,000 runners kicked off the 5K run/walk at Fashion Island as early as 7:15 a.m. One-thousand of those registered participants were breast cancer survivors. Female survivors sported pink T-shirt and hats, while male survivors wore gray.
Komen’s goal was to raise $3 million at this year’s event. According to the Orange County Race for the Cure website, over 22,000 participants raised $3 million for the event in 2011. That effort turned the race into the largest event of its kind in Orange County. Of that money, 75 percent stays in Orange County for breast cancer screening and education, while the remainder goes toward breast cancer research.
Marie La Fargue, a three-time breast cancer survivor, was named the 2012 Most Influential Survivor at addressed a crowd of survivors at the race. “I’m here to show inspiration and hope to all the women here because I’m here after three separate and distinct breast cancers and 19 years of survivorship,” said La Fargue. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and believes in early detection. Statistics show one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Passion Growers donated a pink rose to every survivor that attended the event.