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2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

LAWTON, Okla._

Nearly one thousand people gathered at Southwestern Medical Center for the second annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The event raises money for breast cancer research and this year participation was up nearly 65% from last year.

There was a 5-k and mile long run for the whole family to enjoy and even an Easter egg hunt.

The real focus of the day was honoring those who are battling or who have survived. One of those survivors said the event wasn't  about just raising money--but also about raising hope.

"It's overwhelming for the survivors to see when you look ahead and you see all these heads and you turn around and you look behind you and you see all these heads -- these people are fighting for us. You know, we're going to find a cure. We're going to find a cure," said breast cancer survivor Bonnie Parker.

One individual, 13-year-old Ian Moini ran in honor of his aunt, who survived cancer, and took home first place for the two of them.

"It's really good I think. It's a great event. Everyone's here and having a good time," said Ian Moini.

 Moini had the fastest time at 19 minutes and 12 seconds.

 Organizers said they were overjoyed with this year's turn out.

 

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