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Race shines light on survivors' strength

LAWTON, Okla_ In 2014 it is estimated more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Saturday, around 900 people came together to lower those numbers, with the hope of one day eliminating those chances completely.


It was all apart the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K held at the Southwestern Medical Center.

"The point is that we survived.  The point is we continue to survive, we continue to fight every single day," Sarah Rykowski said.

Sarah Rykowski went from getting ready to be deployed last July, to starting chemotherapy.

"It's very hard to go from a physically capable officer to one who sometimes can't get out of bed," Rykowski said

She said it was extremely difficult to go from being in a unit and ready to help anyone, to being the one who needed help from others, but Saturday she went from being barely able to get out of bed to finishing a 5K.

"I really, really wanted that good run time, and today I am very proud of that," Rykowski said.

She wasn't just proud of herself but also the other survivors who took part in the event.


She said many are complete strangers but they share a bond that make them sisters.

"They are indeed a sister. Like I said it's not a family you necessarily want, or dream about belonging too, but once you're in it you are a member of that family and you are loved as a member of that family," Rykowski said.

One of those complete strangers that became her sister Saturday was Neoma Core.

Core finished her first 5K with her daughter right by her side, which was no different then when Neoma was battling the cancer.

"The emotion is hard to explain, but I was so happy when I crossed that finish line," Core said.

With around 900 participants and even more donors from the area, Core said the community is a caring one, and with their help it keeps her from worrying about cancer ever again; for her, and her daughter.

"The steps that have come forward in the fight for breast cancer has come so much forward that I don't fear for her, and I don't fear for myself.  It's wonderful," Core said.

With the race being a part of the Susan G. Komen foundation, 75 percent of Saturday's funds will stay to help fight breast cancer in this area.

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