Memphis-Mid South Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure
(GERMANTOWN,TN) Thousands flooded the streets near Saddle Creek for the annual Memphis-Mid South Race For The Cure, Saturday.
On a bright and chilly morning, thousands in pink found their stride.
“This is the first time I have walked as a survivor. This time last year, I was having chemo getting ready to have radiation,” said Saja Montague. In March of last year, she dreamed she had breast cancer.
“I hadn’t had a mammogram in ten years, I was afraid of breast cancer,” stated Montague.
Despite her shadowing fear, Montague went to the doctor, was diagnosed and had surgery in a couple of days. Saturday, she and thousands more walked with purpose: beating breast cancer.
“It’s not fun, but you know you are going to make it through. I feel very positive about my future,” expressed Montague.
For the survivors who didn’t hit the pavement, there were substitutes. Like Greg Snook, masked in pink paint, he ran for his “Gram.”
“She’s a survivor. She’s 83. She’s one of the coolest old ladies you will ever meet,” said Snook.
There were also those taking it in, in memory of loved ones.
“My cousin Debbie , she passed July 12th 2004,” said Kim Henderson.
Most of the money raised from this Memphis-Mid South Race for the Cure will help fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs right here in our area. Last year’s race helped pump more than a million dollars into the cause. But Henderson says, the day isn’t about just raising money.
“It’s all about love and bonding and just bringing people together for a good cause,” said Henderson.
Finding a cure.
“I feel very grateful. I’m so appreciative that I found it early and the treatments are there,” said Montague. She is hopeful that day is coming.
“I would love it if no one else ever had to feel this way or know this feeling,” said Montague.