LAWTON, Okla._Women who have survived breast cancer will come together and celebrate life Saturday at the third annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lawton.
Survivors, as well as people who've lost loved ones to the disease, and anyone else who wants to contribute to the cause is invited to come out and show their support by running or walking for the cure.
Clea Winham was unable to come to last year's race because she was so sick from chemotherapy treatments. But this year she's excited to be the face of the race. Just 15 months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Winham is happy to say she beat cancer.
"If I can tell my story and it give someone hope that's going through it or has just been diagnosed then I'm all for it because it was a challenge for me and I got through it and I'm here and I'm alive," said Winham.
She's thankful for her best friend who convinced her to go get the mammogram that saved her life.
"At the time, I was 41 and had a baseline at 35 and I didn't have mine at 40 and we're the same age. I went in to visit her, she works at the breast center and she said we need to schedule your mammogram and I'm glad she did," recalled Winham.
She says her family, friends and faith got her through her treatment, which took a little over a year.
"I'm a pretty strong willed person and at first there were times it got me down but I had to keep on going because I had family that depended on me," said Winham.
Alisa Pope, Events Manager for Susan G. Komen says Winham sets an example for other women going through what she did.
"They are fighters, they give us hope. They give survivors faith that they to can make it," said Pope.
Staying strong is what Winham hopes women will take away from her story.
"If you're going through this, get your mammogram's that's the first and foremost, get a mammogram and if you can get that it saves your life," advised Winham.
Winham says that if going through breast cancer has taught her anything, it's that making it through the experience means she can do anything.
The Race for the Cure is Saturday at Southwestern Medical Center. They are expecting 1,000 participants to run or walk in the race. All of the proceeds will go to paying for mammograms for women who can not afford to get one.
Online registration for the run closes at 10:00 p.m. Thursday. You can also register in person at Southwestern Medical Center until 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. On the day of the run, registration starts at 7:30 a.m.