COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A sea of pink made its way through the streets of downtown Columbus Saturday for the 25th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The capital city is home to the biggest Race for the Cure in the country. Komen Columbus has raised more than $33 million in its 24-year history, providing funds to attack breast cancer on all fronts. The 2017 race has raised $1.5 million and counting.
More than 25,200 participants registered for the race, along with more than 500 corporate, civic and individual teams. Team L Brands alone brought 10,270 runners and walkers.
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Among the participants were more than 1,700 survivors.
For nearly all of these women, their stories are similar, starting with a lump.
“Didn’t think it was anything,” said survivor Jill Jubach.
Jubach’s story starts in December of 2014 when the Lancaster elementary school teacher noticed a dent in her right breast.
“It turned out to be stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma,” said Jubach.
She went through five months of intensive chemotherapy treatments and a bilateral mastectomy.
“I feel like I am still in recovery, you know, two years later,” said Jubach.
Jubach shares a similar story to other breast cancer survivors.
“The devastating news dropped me to my knees,” said survivor Kyra Pruitt-White.
Pruitt-White discovered a lump in 2009. Scared to do anything about it, she refused to go to the doctor. A close friend made her make the call she so dreaded. At times wanting to give up, treatment took an emotional toll on both of these women.
“I went through several months of chemo, two months of radiation,” said Pruitt-White.
Both women were at the race with thousands of other women who beat the odds.
“I stand here as a 7-year breast cancer survivor,” said Pruitt-White. “I want to thank Komen, because without Komen and their commitment and dedication a lot of women and men would not be here today.”
“I am doing great. I am headed to another reconstructive surgery next Wednesday. I am hopeful that is the last one and I can close this chapter,” said Jubach.