Cancer survivors celebrate each other at Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thousands filled the streets of Little Rock to support of those affected by cancer. No matter the age or reason for joining, everyone shared one common interest; finding a cure for cancer.

Two-year survivor Sharon Pickett celebrated like it was a rejoiceful Sunday on a special Saturday morning. Pickett said she's here to celebrate her survival and thinks the race is important for those who endure the battle with cancer.

"I keep on going and I keep on praying. I have a lot of strength," Pickett explained. "[The race] is so important to me because I am still here."

The journey to survival isn't easy for most, but many who do survive turn to religion for that extra guidance. In August of 1984, Virginia Repress was diagnosed with breast cancer. She lost her hair and went through multiple treatments during the battle, but there was one thing she didn't lose and that was her faith. She’s happy to see so many people out and supporting the cause.

“It’s just wonderful to see all these people out cheering us along the way and high-fiving. It's a wonderful day," Repress said. 

In the 1970s, those who had breast cancer had a 1 in 11 chance of surviving, but in 2016 it's now a 1 in 8 chance. The good news is that there's longer life expectancy through early detection. Long time survivor Dorothy Green and her sister Mary Washington said they make sure to continue their annual checkups.

"I do my checkups every year and make sure everything is still good and I am just thankful to God that he spared my life," Green said.

Every year they come back to push others as they fight. They remember their journey battling cancer and know that it is a tough road to hoe. 

"I am so happy that the Lord spared my life to come down here and see it," Washington said. "I tried to get sick this morning but God fixed it to where I can come down here and enjoy."


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