In just a few days, the 2009 Susan G. Komen "Race For The Cure" will fill Omaha's downtown streets with thousands of breast cancer supporters, survivors and volunteers.
People of all ages will participate in either a 1 mile Family Run or the traditional 5K race. Close to 17,000 people have registered for the race, but organizers are hoping for 20,000. Executive Director of the Nebraska affiliate of the Komen Foundation, Lynette Farhart says it's an experience like none other.
"Once you get there and you visit our sponsors, we'll go outside and start lining up. When you're at the front of the race and you look down the street and there's 17 thousand people, all lined up waiting to start the race, it's really an unbelievable sight."
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised over a billion dollars. Without a cure, 10 million women could die worldwide over the next 25 years.
The race is scheduled for Sunday, October 4th and starts at the steps of the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Survivors who continue to show their support for by participating in the annual event say it's made a profound impact on their lives.
"It's definitely a journey," said Janet Keplinger. "It's important for all the survivors to share their stories because I have found it actually helps a lot people and I have encountered so many new friends."
For more information about Omaha's 2009 Race for the Cure, or details about how to donate to the Komen Foundation, click here.