Alaska Run For Women Breaks Record Attendance
The 2011 Alaska Run for Women hosted more than 7,200 runners to fight against breast cancer.
Sending the message loud and clear, more than 7,000 women used their feet, voices and arms to show that life isn't over because of breast cancer.
It's a story three-time breast cancer survivor Judy Pickett knows all too well. Her goal is to participate in the Alaska Run For Women races in all 50 states to show that you can survive.
“I'm a 14-year survivor so I want to let young women know that there is a lot of hope, you can get through this difficult time and thrive,” said Pickett.
With breast cancer affecting so many people thousands and thousands of women came out to not only show support but also to give hope.
“We are not just surviving we are thriving," said Catherine Mormile, proudly shouting.
Mormile’s a second year survivor and is happy to be in the Alaska Run for Women.
“Two years ago today, I started my chemotherapy, now I’ve got a pony tail, my hair was falling out, this was so victorious,” she said.
“Someday there will be a cure but in the meantime, we survivors are responsible for showing other women there is life after breast cancer,” Mormile said.
The feelings of hope that no matter where you looked were all the same because it didn't matter why they were running, everyone was determined to finish.
“I can feel it the whole way, but I’m glad I did it, I wasn't going to give up,” said Pickett.
The women said they won’t give up on life and or the fight to stop breast cancer for good.