BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Thousands of people headed out to the city's waterfront Sunday September 19th to walk and run for breast cancer awareness.
Roughly 5,600 people took part in the Queen City's annual 'Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.' The nationally recognized campaign kicked off its fourteenth year in Bangor by paying tribute to those who have fought and continue to fight breast cancer in our area. Shortly after that both runners and walkers then took to a three mile route along Main Street to raise funds to fight the deadly disease.
An average of about 5,000 people participate in Bangor's 'Race for the Cure' each year. Many at the event who had been touched by breast cancer said they appreciated the strong turnout.
"I think one of the most important things is to have lots of support," said Kelli Okyere of Brewer, who was diagnosed with the disease in March of 2010, "and for me it's amazing that so many people do care and they've come together to do something like this today."
"When you come to a place like this, even if you've been a survivor for quite a long time as I am...this still gives you the motivation to go on and to go on for other people," said Esther Akeley of Brewer, who is a 20-year survivor of breast cancer.
Organizers say in all, over $300,000 was raised at this year's 'Race for the Cure' in Bangor, which will join the over $120,000 that was raised at the Komen race in Portland last week. Seventy five percent of that money will go to support breast cancer education and prevention programs in the state.
To view this year's "Buddy" photos, click on the Maine Komen Race for the Cure photogallery.