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Thousands fill the streets pink for Race for the Cure, Sunday

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Close to 3,000 runners and walkers filled the streets of downtown Sioux Falls, Sunday morning, for the 5th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

While it's the 5th year for the event in South Dakota, it's the first in Sioux Falls.

It was truly a sea of pink with Breast Cancer survivors, families, supporters and friends who just want to find a cure.

Kay Santema cheers on racers passing her by while she also celebrates herself: cancer-free for eight years.

"The atmosphere is one of celebration so it's wonderful to be part of this," Kay Santema said.

She's even committed herself to the cause at Sanford Health because she knows very well how important detection really is. 

"I'm an early cancer survivor, a proponent of the annual mammogram. It's very important, I can't stress enough how important it is," Kay Santema said.

Other survivors at Sunday's event know exactly what she means.

"The future is a cure. We need money, awareness, prevention, get out there and get your mammogram. Without it, I wouldn't be here today," survivor Cindy Shuck said.

"Until you have a personal experience, you don't think it's going to happen do you. It's at a distance, and you don't think this will happen do you," Santema said.

While we can't predict the future, or our own health, we can always count on events like these to keep the research alive.

"This is exactly what we wanted, the array of pink and the smiles, it's wonderful. It's everything we wanted it to be," Komen for the Cure SD Director Amanda Anderson said.

75% of the profits raised at Sunday's event will help with research and those affected with the disease in South Dakota. The other 25% will help fund research nationwide.

The events are held all over as the largest 5K series in the world. One of the biggest annual Komen races is in St. Louis, MO, with more than 51,000 participants in 2012 raising upwards of $2.5 million for Breast Cancer research.

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