UNK Hosts Central Nebraska "Race For The Cure"


A national movement comes to Kearney, providing extra support in the fight against breast cancer.

Friends, family, and survivors put their shoes on for the Central Nebraska Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure".

This is the third year it's come to Kearney; giving those in central and western Nebraska an opportunity to support their loved ones.

"We are known for being there for each other. We do have lots of breast cancer survivors and their families and friends are very supportive to them," said race co-chair Sara Malzacher. "So they come out, they're here, they're here to support them, celebrate with them, celebrate their survivorship and just glad they care."

Organizers say all the time spent setting up Saturday's race is worth the effort involved.

"You watch out the window and see the finish line" said race co-chair Julie Weir. "And you see all the families and the friends and the hugging and the crying that they finished after a rough year of chemo or celebrating maybe five years of survivorship, or maybe 10, and you just get goosebumps."

This year's race donations will be on track to raise $75,000.

Seventy-five percent will stay local, helping fund things like genetic testing and low cost mammograms for the under–served population.