Thousands of runners braved the cool, wet weather Sunday morning in Omaha to run three miles to raise money to fight breast cancer. The Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure started from the CenturyLink Center.
Race for the Cure runs are held across the United States and help spread the word about the importance of education and early detection as well as promote positive awareness about breast cancer. The runs have become a tradition and have raised almost $2 billion to find a cure.
While crews prepared for the athletes, the runners were registering and awaiting their start time.
Dee Bertich is a 31 year survivor and happy to tell her success story and support others she knows who need everyone's help. "You always think it's a death sentence, but now there's so many things going on, there's so much help. I'm supporting it for that reason and for other people."
For Dee, the support of others with cancer is critical. "We've done it for years and like I said, it's not for me, it's for the people coming up because it is really scary when you, especially when you're all alone and you don't have anybody but yourself, it's scary when you get that diagnosis of cancer."
Susan Komen lost her battle with breast cancer. Her sister Nancy organized the first run in 1982. There is now a network of 121 local offices across the country.