DES MOINES-- October is breast cancer awareness month. Around 7,000 runners gathered downtown to take a stand against the disease.
Saturday was the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The nation-wide event is the largest fundraising event for breast cancer in the world.
Thousands wore pink in support of breast cancer treatment, diagnosis, survivorship and research.
"It always reinforced that in some way breast cancer touches everybody. The odds are one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their life," said Roger Dahl with the Iowa chapter of the Susan G. Komen foundation.
"I'm a survivor for 14 years. Everyday is precious. It's very important to me and my family that all women have preventative services performed to get ahead of any disease that may be ahead of them," said Mary Siever.
The race in Des Moines helped raise $300,000 for the organization.
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