CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Thousands of locals laced up their sneakers to raise money and spirits to fight the leading cause of death for women 40 to 59 years old: breast cancer.
"I'm celebrating my sisters," said Beth Wiederholden. "I have two sisters who have breast cancer. They're both survivors."
She's just one of 12,000 supporters who came together on Saturday morning to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Race for the Cure in downtown Cincinnati.
For many, it was a celebration. For others, it was a time to reflect; remembering loved ones they've lost to the disease. People just like Evalece Gross. Gross lost her grandmother to breast cancer in January. Gross also fought Cervical Cancer herself for a year and half, but this month, she said doctors told her she beat it.
"When I came out and saw the huge crowd and I saw a lot of people that suffered with this, it made me real emotional about my grandma," said Gross. "And it made me real emotional because I fought cancer. It's hard."
It's a hard road that many local supporters and survivors said is made easier when you travel it with loved ones.
"We're here to celebrate five years of being cancer free," said Jim Yuhas, whose wife Rachel has been cancer free for five years. "That is like huge, baby! Huge!"
On Saturday morning, Rachel Yuhas worked hard at giving back to others who are now fighting the same fight.
"Komen here serves 21 counties and it's just really, really nice to be supportive and honor the other people who are not in my family," said Rachel Yuhas. "Those who have been touched by breast cancer."
Up to 75-percent of the new proceeds from the race will remain in the Greater Cincinnati area to fund community projects related to breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remainder of the net proceeds will support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Program. Last year, the community raised more then $1 million here in the Tri-state.
One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.