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Pink Ribbon Run kicks off breast cancer awareness month

by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Pink was the theme Saturday morning in downtown Cedar Falls. The Second Annual Pink Ribbon Run kicked off breast cancer awareness month.

Debbie Knipp is one participant who's proud to wear pink.

"I'm a nine year survivor this month," said Knipp.

Knipp and other supporters of breast cancer awareness ran or walked more than three miles. Knipp says it was important for her to run this race for herself and for others.

"It's not always a death sentence anymore. When you hear the word cancer you always think death and it's not always true. You can get out there and fight and be strong," she said.

The race wasn't just for women...

"I have a mother, I have a sister, I have a wife, I have a daughter. Breast cancer doesn't always just affect women. Those are important people in my life I hope it never affects," said race director Gary Jones.

The Pink Ribbon Run raises money for the Beyond Pink Team... a local breast cancer awareness group. The group helps with medical expenses and other needs of people in the Cedar Valley.

This year, 250 people signed up to help fight breast cancer. Nine year survivor Debbie Knipp is glad the race helps kick off breast cancer awareness month.

"I'm proud to wear pink," she said.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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