Race for the Cure draws thousands downtown

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Decked out in every shade of pink, thousands shut down downtown Memphis on Saturday, hoping to help shut down breast cancer.

“God gave me another opportunity," survivor Evelyn Mason said. "I know there are so many women I know who go through this disease that aren't here today, so I'm walking in honor of them and in celebration of my own life."

Many pointed to the names of so many victims no longer here, but Saturday wasn't about mourning; it was about milestones.

Dr. Tamora Jackson just reached one, and she spent the morning at the walk in a pink graduation cap and gown.

“I completed a full year. I'm a guaranteed survivor. God has been good to me. My mom is a 38-year survivor, she is walking in the race on my behalf,” Jackson said.

Brad Weisfeld walked for his mom, a five-year survivor.

“It’s just a miracle to me, it's God’s gift to us,” Weisfeld said.

Donna Weisfeld said his support is a gift to her and so many other families impacted.

“You can look around, and you can see every size and shape and color, everything. We are all affected, it's not just one family."

For more than two decades, the Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure has raised millions for awareness and research. Most of the dollars stay right here to help support men and women like Mason.

Mason said when she was diagnosed five years ago, she spent more time at her doctor's office than she did at home. Breast cancer runs in her family, but she said she hopes this weekend will stop the disease from impacting anyone else.

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