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Fire to Susan G. Komen storage unit will not postpone Race For A Cure

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Fire damaged the Susan G. Komen's storage unit last Friday. Inside was around 5,000 T-shirts and other fundraising items that were supposed to be used for the upcoming charity event.

The biggest fundraiser for the charity is the annual Susan G. Komen's Race For A Cure.

The 5k and one mile walk will be happening at Finley stadium in just two weeks on October 12. Volunteers are left with little time to replace the destroyed items.

The fire burned part of the Executive Business Park on Lee Highway, and the cause it still under investigation.    

Executive Director Karen Edmondson was able to place another large order of T-shirts and they are set to arrive next Wednesday.
With no T-shirts or participant giveaways, the organizers had to push back the packet pickup times for people who are signed up to go.

 But, Edmondson said they would not canceling the event all-together.

 The iconic bright pink t-shirts are worn by local cancer survivors and there are about 1,600 local survivors registered for the upcoming event.

"Many walk in honor of someone who lost the battle and many walk in honor of someone who's currently fighting the battle," Edmondson said, "So we have tried to take a positive spin and say that they're a warrior and they're going to rise up and go above the obstacle and so are we."

Edmondson is keeping a very positive attitude throughout the whole process, saying the charity is actually lucky that the fire happened when it did because they were getting ready to fill the storage space with more stuff that would be needed for the Race For A Cure event.

They will be organizing a special pack-up party next Thursday in order to have everything ready come race day.

The pack-up party will be Thursday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

To learn more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the upcoming Chattanooga Race For A Cure, click here.

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