Race For The Cure - A Celebration of Survival at UNK
Saturday, thousands took to the streets at UNK for the second annual Race For The Cure in Kearney.
The event is relatively new to Kearney but its familiar name and the great cause that it raises money for made for a great turn out.
"This is the second year we've had the race here in Kearney, with bigger and better numbers and more support from the community," said Executive Director Karen Daneu.
Over two-thousand people came out to the race and this means one thing – more money raised towards the fight against breast cancer. This year they saw their fundraising increase by 25 percent and a 200 percent increase in sponsorships. 75 percent of the money raised at the event stays in Nebraska and goes toward local grant recipients for healthcare and breast cancer research and prevention.
With just individual donations and fundraising alone, the event had already raised over 30-thousand-dollars by race day.
Fundraising, however, is not the only focus of the race. Daneu said it's also about awareness and celebration.
"Unfortunately you can't determine who's going to get breast cancer. Men get breast cancer too so we want to make sure you have good awareness of your body and come out and celebrate these people," said Daneu. "It's so great – the support we've had from the Kearney and the local community."
Celebration is a key factor to the event.
Many who race do so in honor of a loved one who battled breast cancer. Hannah came to the event with her family to honor her grandma Marilyn. She said that this wasn't the only reason she came to the event.
Hannah said she came out to the race "to have fun and run and do it for the people who have breast cancer."
Daneu agrees that celebration is just as important as raising funds and awareness.
"The best part of the race," she said, "is that it's a celebration of survivors and their families and what they've all gone through and their determination and their strength and their courage and that's why we're here – to celebrate."
The race takes about a year to plan, all thanks to a hard working committee who takes ideas and turns them into a fun community event.
"We give them [the committee] ideas and we give them how it should all flow and they take off and run with it - literally, for a race," said Daneu.