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Pink Warriors battle against breast cancer at Race for the Cure

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Downtown Chattanooga was covered in a sea of pink Sunday afternoon as more than 7,000 people turned out to help in the fight against breast cancer, in the 13th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Teams were racing and walking for survivors as well as honoring the memory of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.

Organizers say every 74 seconds a woman is diagnosed with the disease. They say the key is spreading the word about getting checked, because the odds of beating breast cancer are better with early detection.

"We're here to celebrate the survivors who have joined us, as you can by the world of pink we have out here," says Karen Edmondson, Executive Director for the Chattanooga Susan G. Komen chapter.

"It's a disease that is really aggressive and I don't want anyone to have to suffer from it," she says."The main reason that we are out here today is for education purposes. You have a 98 percent survival rate if you're diagnosed early."

"I'm a three year breast cancer survivor," says Anne Prettyman. "Actually I've been unfortunate enough to have cancer twice. But the fortunate part is I'm still here. And this day is just tremendous to be in this community and have so much support in the community," she says.

"I'm here for my one year anniversary. My family lives out of town, so I don't have family here. But I have all these kids from Ringgold Middle school here to support me. So I'm not alone, they're my family. And I'm so happy today," says Annie Banks, a teacher at Ringgold Middle.

"This is a group of my family and friends and co-workers who all pulled together to support me in this cause by also supporting the Komen foundation to help us find a cure for this ugly disease," says Courtney King.

"There is so much life out there. It is not a dark corner to hide in. Survival is fabulous," says Prettyman.

All the money raised from the race goes to breast cancer research.

To find out how you can help, click here: http://www.komenchattanooga.org/

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