Thousands 'Race For The Cure' In Tulsa
TULSA, Oklahoma - As we do each year, News On 6 teamed up with Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure in Tulsa.
News On 6 reporter Tony Russell ran with anchor and cancer survivor LeAnne's Taylor's team. They were alongside other survivors, supporters and families fighting to end breast cancer forever.
For the survivors, it was all about reflection, and it was much more than race.
"I am survivor, I'm so happy to be alive?” Beatriz Urbina said.
It's about coming together and rallying around one cause, ending breast cancer.
“I ran a really good race; I'm so happy," survivor Marolyn Allred said.
Allred beat breast cancer 18 years ago and is proud the way Tulsa supports the cause.
“We all need to live like today is our last day with joy in our heart," she said.
Survivor Charlene Reid said, "finishing is the big deal, so I'm just glad I gave it what I got and I was able to get it done.”
Survivors say crossing the finish line is something special.
“It was very encouraging, very encouraging," Lisa Gray said.
An entire team came out to support Janie Coulson who is now fighting breast cancer.
Shari Williams calls the team BFFs... Breast Friends Forever.
“We realize what a blessing it is to have such wonderful friends.”
Janie Coulson, breast cancer patient said, "that's true it really does bring blessings into your life. Yeah, I've got the best friends."
Coulson, who is recovering from treatment, said Saturday's Race for the Cure is more about fighting Breast Cancer to her.
“My friend said… 'you know, the storm is coming in and we need to run because one day we're going to be running for us,'” she said. “Little knowing that I had breast cancer at the time and wasn't diagnosed. That was last year,"
Survivors say you will make it. You will be strong. You can overcome breast cancer.
“You can do this. Don't be scared. It is manageable,” Coulson said. “And also I want people to know to check themselves, I found it and I had a mammogram like four or five months previously. Check yourself."
“When you first are diagnosed with it, it's definitely devastating, but you can survive and be strong and you can pick up where you left off," Reid said.