20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure comes to Bangor

Survivor laces up for Susan G. Komen race

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine's 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is this weekend. The 5K and 1K races will help raise money to fight breast cancer and those who are currently battling the disease.

The race, which will take place on Bangor’s Waterfront, will not begin until Sunday morning. However, on Friday, runners were already gearing up to cross the finish line.

“I’m a five-year survivor, a 10-year survivor, now a 26-year survivor, and there is life after breast cancer,” said this year’s race chair Jane Black. After conquering her five-year battle with breast cancer, Black decided she would devote her life to supporting others in the same situation.

“To know that you’ve reached that plateau, it’s like, 'yeah, five years I’m good!' There’s a lot of emotions that go on," she said. "It comes back every once in a while like 'oh, I have breast cancer, but yea, so what? I have breast cancer, but now look at me.'"

Maine’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure started in 1997. Since then, participants have raised nearly $900,000 to go toward cutting-edge research. An additional $500,000 has helped cancer patients pay for treatment and pay for gas to get to treatment.

“This day is our largest fundraiser so it’s really important for people to understand how this money goes right back into the community to help people,” said Maine’s affiliate executive director Victoria Abbott.

It is not too late to donate or sign up. A $30 registration fee can be paid up until the race begins on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Donations will be accepted for another month. To donate, click here.

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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