Indianapolis Race for the Cure draws 16k runners

Organizers expect to raise $1.5M from event

INDIANAPOLIS - According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with new cases of invasive breast cancer this year.

That's the reason why thousands of people laced up their sneakers on Saturday to raise money for research at the 23rd annual Central Indiana Race for the Cure.

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In Indiana, 117 out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year.

So Saturday, more than 16,000 people hit the road to raise money for a cure.

They walked and ran three miles, but carried a message traveling much further.

"It's all about the fact that there are people that you love – your brother, your sister, your friend – everybody's affected," said runner Charlene Bowen. "And it's going to take all of us to make a difference."

 While there's no cure yet for breast cancer, there is something simple that can lower a woman's risk of dying from the disease.

"Get tested," said John Bowen. "Get your mammograms. Get it done. There's no excuse not to."

The Susan G. Komen Foundation said it expected to raise $1.5 million in Indianapolis on Saturday toward global breast cancer research.

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