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9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

  It was a sea of pink this morning, as breast cancer survivors and their supporters filled the streets of downtown Cedar Falls for the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run.
   KWWL;s Jessica Hartman was there and spoke with one group with a lot of team spirit.
"Breast friends forever - Go Katelyn," shouted the members of Team Katelyn.

 Katelyn Ledesma has been battling breast cancer for almost a year, but she has just one final radiation treatment to take on.

"You know, for everything I've been through, having everyone there by my side, to support me. Its not just through good times, but in bad. Its been amazing. With out them I wouldn't be able to get through everything I've gotten through until today," said Katelyn Ledesma.

 With her, 20 team members who were excited their friend is here to run with them.
 But that's not the case for everyone taking part.
"I have many people who have been effected by breast cancer, I lost one close friend last year to the disease. My mother is a survivor," said Ann Lyons from OakRidge Realtors, an event sponsor. 

In total, this year,-82 survivors were able to run the 5k; each wearing strands of beads to represent their years cancer free.
 "They are representing 532 years of living past breast cancer and so what we hope is that the people walking with the beads, if they only have one strand of beads, next to them is someone with 20 strands of beads and they can look at that and say well I can make this, I can do this, I can get past this," said Gabbi DeWitt, an event organizer.
 

The hundreds of runners raised close to $35,000 at the 9th Annual Pink Ribbon Run.
 All the money raised will stay in the Cedar Valley and be used towards medical and travel expenses for women currently battling breast cancer.

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