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Annual breast cancer race draws 14K

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Breast cancer claims nearly 40,000 lives each year, although it's most treatable and curable when detected in the early stages.

On Sunday, more than 14,000 gathered in Cedar Rapids for the annual Especially for You Race against breast cancer.

"Just an amazing thing," said breast cancer survivor Kathy Koehn. "It's hard to comprehend all these people walking for somebody."

Koehn says she's gone through a lot with weeks and weeks of radiation, changed her entire life.

"I was diagnosed in 2010, I was just having an annual mammogram," said Koehn.

The 24th annual race has painted Cedar Rapids pink bringing more than tens of thousands people from all over the country racing against breast cancer.

"Our daughter has completed her chemo and is on the road to recovery," said May Crocker. "It was quite shocking, because it was out of the blue for us. I think we have more sympathy for more cancer patients and survivors for what she's gone through."

Crocker says her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer.

Organizers tell us nearly 600 survivors registered this year.

Runners and participants were from 28 states, more than 400 U.S. cities and as far away as Australia and China.

The event raised more than 400,000.

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