'Race for the Cure' creates pink parkway

May 10, 2009 3:22:44 PM PDT
It was a remarkable morning on the Parkway with upwards of 100,000 people, what seemed like a sea of humanity taking part in the 19th annual 'Race for the Cure.' "I believe it's important because we need to find the cure for this cancer, there's so many women that are being affected by it," cancer survivor Rose Turner said.

Rose, like many others here were cast in the unlikely role of cancer survivor, but not ill-equipped to act, to help shed light on the need for a cure for breast cancer.

"When you're afflicted with breast cancer, it affects your morale, your style of living, and your whole family, so being out here representing, it's a good thing," Patricia Leftwich of Blackwood, New Jersey said.

It was quite a scene as many cancer survivors dressed in pink took part in a survivors parade coming down the Art Museum steps.

"It's just an amazing event to bring all these women together and it brought me to tears just to see all the love and support of everyone around," Christina D'Annibale of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania said.

Their numbers speak not just of their resolve to find a cure, but a testament to the great strides made in cancer research.

10-year cancer survivor Joyce Neeld of Norristown brought along her granddaughters Lauren and Lindsay.

14-year cancer survivor Barbara Kertis of Marcus Hook was also one of the many in the sea of pink.

For many, it was a wonderful way to spend part of their Mother's Day, and little Kyra MacKillip of Ridley Park said it best, "Keep on trying, there's always going to be hope, the main word was hope."

All and all, a wonderful day on the Parkway today, a wonderful way for many people to spend Mothers Day and all for a good cause, because they are people who believe that one day, one day soon, we will find a cure for breast cancer.

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