Hundreds join for 22nd Komen Northeastern NY ‘Race for a Cure’

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Packing the plaza with pink, hundreds joined the ‘Race for a Cure’ for breast and other women’s cancers in downtown Albany on Saturday.

It’s an event not only aimed at raising money to fund research, but also to inspire hope.

With the sound of the starting horn on Empire State Plaza, hundreds of strangers quickly became family, all racing to end the one thing that sadly connects them all- Women’s cancers.

In the crowds of runners and walkers who came out to support Susan G. Komen of Northeastern New York, was a sea of survivors.

Annemarie Knizek is just one of many inspiring stories at Saturday’s race for the cure.

“I don’t think I’d be here today without all the research that was put into breast cancer, research has happened so I want to continue and I want to make people aware of breast cancer and the fight,” Knizek, a breast cancer survivor, said.

On Saturday, she runs for her friend Amanda, who was recently diagnosed.

“My dear friend, Amanda, who I’m running for today ran for me a year after I finished treatment,” Knizek said.

About 75 percent of the money raised at Saturday’s 5K run and modified two mile walk, will stay right in our area.

About 25 percent will go towards research.

With every step towards the finish line, there’s hope that we’re one step closer to finding a cure.

“I’m a survivor, and living proof that all the money that goes into research, I’m here because of it,” Knizek said.

For those who wanted to participate but couldn’t, they can register for the Sleep In for the Cure, which also helps the cause.

Everyone who joined in the event received a special t-shirt.

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