Thousands gather for Race for the Cure on Mother's Day

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Monday, May 15, 2017
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Thousands gather for Race for the Cure. Trish Hartman reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on May 14, 2017.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Thousands of people spent Mother's Day doing their part to fight breast cancer at the 27th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The 5k and 1 mile walk started in the 8 a.m. hour at Eakins Oval.

Breast cancer survivors were honored Sunday morning in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Many participants formed teams in honor of survivors or in memory of loved ones.

While it's hard to see so many people affected by breast cancer, those Action News spoke with say, at the same time, it's heartwarming to see thousands coming together.

"It feels great. Ever since I was able to come, which was May of 2008, I've been coming ever since. I've been coming with my organization who supported me 100%. So it makes me feel good to know that I can give back to those who are going through it and those who have gone through it such as myself," survivor Teresa London of West Philadelphia said.

"It was awesome. I was extremely grateful. When I rounded Mile 2 I got that moment like this is pretty cool. It's an amazing day," Tom Becker of Port Richmond, a son of a survivor, said.

According to the Komen Foundation, 75% of funds raised at this event go to Komen Philadelphia community grants and other breast health initiatives in the Philadelphia area and 25% of funds support breast cancer research.

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