Thousands race to defeat breast cancer in the Tri-Cities

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – October or “Pinktober” is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Sunday thousands of people gathered in Kingsport to run to help defeat the disease.

Many hit the pavement to run for the Tri-Cities 11th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The race helps people like Johnson City resident, Megan Shelton a breast cancer survivor.

“It started in 2011 as a routine mammogram then it turned my world upside down. You never think it’s going to be you, but then when they tell you that “C” word you just go blank and the tears just start rolling in,” Shelton said.


cancer-walk-4Fast forward six years later and she’s now cancer free.

“I had wonderful family support, my daughter and my husband, but every day is a challenge, they say you beat cancer but you still have to fight it everyday of your life,” Shelton said.

A sea of pink, to help raise money for research and raise awareness for a cancer that will kill an estimated 40,000 women in the U.S. this year alone according to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“Hopefully this gets people involved and gets them ready to go have a mammogram if they haven’t, it’s men and women both it’s not just women, it’s people who are younger, who are elderly and everybody in between,” Race Director, Cindy Lemons said.

Shelton fighting this battle can sometimes feel lonely and depressing but she’s grateful for what the organization does.

“When you see this sea of pink out here, when this race starts and you just look at this whole sea of pink running, you’re like I’m not alone,” Shelton said.

Over the past ten years they’ve raised over $1 million for breast cancer patients in the Tri-Cities. Lemons told us 75% of that money goes directly towards our community, the rest goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation for education and research.

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