Race for the Cure 2011 | News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) The 16th Komen Race for the Cure took over the downtown streets of Little Rock and North Little Rock Saturday morning.
With thousands of people coming to walk or run the course, the event raises awareness of breast cancer and funds for research.
A huge undertaking for organizers and volunteers each year, yet each year is a successful celebration. Organized teams show up with t-shirts, costumes and posters to show their support and have fun at the same time.
One participant this year is Rhonda Crossen The sun has yet to rise but she is wide awake, surrounded by her family and friends. "The Faith Warriors", as they call themselves.
Rhonda's diagnosis came in July of 2010. "From that point I went to a double mastectomy. A month later I started chemo. February I finished chemo. And here I am today!" says Rhonda.
She says it's been an emotional year. "Ups, downs, sideways, you name it! It's been a quite a year."
Breast cancer affects not only the one suffering but those dearest to them. Brett is one of Rhonda's three sons and he says he's here so early on a Saturday morning because, "I just knew it was bad and scary."
Rhonda's never been to the Race for the Cure before this year but says "I've seen all the ladies, I've seen all the pink. I've thought 'that's cool.' And then I became one of the pink ladies. And I now understand what that pink means!"
He may be a youngster, but he's smart. Brett knows the danger of the disease and feels good seeing so many others fighting the fight for a cure. "It's what you gotta pray about! It's all in your heart and it's your hope!"
His cape, he wears proudly. After all, he is one of the warriors:
A team of warriors who wear their tutus, jewelry and stickers to run right beside a woman they're so thankful to celebrate.
Her tattoo isn't necessarily a reminder--she'll never forget--but instead a symbol of what her battle means.
She says the support of family and friends during a time like this is remarkable. "It's like somebody's carrying ya. It's like they've got their arms wrapped around ya at all times and they just carry ya! When you go through something like this, you can go two ways. You can let this cancer consume you, or you can go with God and let him consume the cancer. Life is different. You notice every little thing. And every little thing is important."