Tulsa Turns Pink With Komen Race For The Cure


Saturday, September 25th 2010, 9:45 am
By: News On 6


By Lacie Lowry and NewsOn6.com

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, and chances are you know someone affected by the deadly disease.

Survivors, supporters and racers gathered at the campus of Oral Roberts University for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tulsa.

This year's goal was $812,000. Organizers were still counting the final results but are confident they met or surpassed that goal.

The timed 5K racers got off to an early start, while the untimed and fun walkers took to the streets by 10 a.m. Saturday.

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The highlight of the event, the Survivor Ceremony, was scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

News On 6 anchor LeAnne Taylor is a proud participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It was seven years ago this month that she found a lump that was diagnosed as cancer.

About 12,000 people were registered in the fundraiser that supports the fight against breast cancer.

2010 Komen Race For The Cure

"Me and the guys from my floor are surprising my mom, she is a breast cancer survivor and so we're about to surprise her, give her some roses and a hug and then walk," said Evan Chasteen, who is a race participant.

Chasteen's mom got her life-changing news in July of 2009 and had no idea her son organized this.

"She just had her last surgery just a couple of months ago, so she's still in the recovery process of everything," Chasteen said.

"My mom is awesome. I couldn't ask for a stronger mom, single mother of two children going through breast cancer," said Chasteen.

"I feel so blessed. He's always done special things for me and he's been there supporting me going through everything. I just feel like I'm the most blessed person in the world," said Linda Deggendorf, who is a breast cancer survivor.

Linda says it's great to be a survivor.

"Doing great, went to the doctor (Friday) and got a good report, so everything looks good," said Deggendorf. 

This show of support is what the Race for the Cure is all about. 

Breast cancer accounts for nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in U.S. women. 

Some raced in celebration of loved ones, others in memory of them.

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