TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Toledo is September 30, a little over one month away.REGISTER HERE
If you are interested in donning a race day bib for the Toledo or Findlay races this monumental year, there are some things you should know before registering.
Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out to support women and men battling breast cancer in Northwest Ohio for the last 25 years.
"In the 5K race you have people there supporting each other, survivors and recently diagnosed women people walking and running in memory of. Its really a heartfelt race," said Mary Wahl.
Although some people may want to wear pink to show support, pink is reserved for survivors.
"On race day people always want the 'pink' shirts. You know, it's a special club, and the only way you're going to be in that club is to go through a journey you probably don't want. Then they realize and understand the importance of what the pink shirt means," Wahl added.
Survivors are honored with a parade of their very own before the race kicks off, and families and friends turn out in support.
"'I want to see my mom grown up or be there for mommy.' Those are the tearjerkers and those are the reasons why the race is so vitally important to be able to raises the awareness and funds, so we can make sure those children don't have to have a placard for their children down the road," said Chris Demico.
To make a difference, it's important to register.
"It's one thing to come down and be a part of it, that's great, but it's really important that you register and help us raise the money and support the organization, which is a huge part of our funding is the race every year," said Karen Ridenour.
There's still work to do.
"To see there are women 30 to 40 years out there, in particular younger women being diagnosed is a huge to say I can be there that can be me" said Ridenour.