Thousands of Survivors and Supporters Race for the Cure

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More than 13,000 people ran the streets of Rogers Saturday to commemorate, honor and support those who have fought or are still fighting breast cancer.

Saturday marked the 14th year for the Race for the Cure.

"I'm proud to say that, not that I'm fighting it, but that everybody fights it for such a great cause," said breast cancer survivor, Jill Saulsbery. "There's cancer everywhere and it just breaks my heart everytime I hear about somebody else having it."

Saulsbery is a two time cancer fighter but her story does not end there. Back in 2001, her son lost the battle to the disease.

"I was diagnosed in 2002 and in 2001 I lost my son to childhood cancer," she said. "My oldest daughter who was four and a half asked me, 'Are you going to die like Michael did?' I said, 'No, I won't I'm going to fight this.'"

This is John Sampson's 4th year to participate in the race. He is just one of 20 who came to support Melinda, a breast cancer survivor.

"I think that when we are out here the mission is to help fight that horrible disease and find a cure for it all," said Sampson.

Sampson stood at the finish line, holding a sign, offering high fives to those who finished the race. He says the feeling he gets from giving his support is priceless.

"Seeing their face and the sense of accomplishment," he said. "Whether they are here for someone else or someone who's no longer with us. That, in itself, is amazing. That feeling is indescribable."

Cancer survivor and Race for the Cure volunteer, Kari Nikolish, says she is alive today because of research funding provided by Race for the Cure.

"Hopefully I can help somebody else who will be diagnosed and do what so many people have done for me," she said.

Nikolish said the foundation's goal was to raise one million dollars.

75 percent of the proceeds go toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically under-served women. The remaining money supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.