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Discounted Registration for Komen Austin Race for the Cure

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

Every year here in Central Texas, Komen Austin helps more than 3,000 women pay for breast cancer screenings and treatment. Their largest fundraiser, Race for the Cure, is now open for registration with a discounted sign-up fee.

"Every year it's just very heartwarming," said survivor, Stacy Mefford.

The sea of runners and walkers signify the number of people in Central Texas affected by breast cancer. "You see all the families and friends, mothers and daughters and sisters and husbands," said Mefford. Everyone racing for the same cause, racing for the cure for breast cancer.

"When that survivor comes across, whether I know them or not, it reminds me of why I go to work everyday," said Christy Casey-Moore, Executive Director of Komen Austin.

Casey-Moore says this year's event will be held on November 10th. Mefford will be there, as she has been nearly every year since her diagnosis. "It was really emotional the first year I did it.," said Mefford. "Just to realize that so many, to see how many people had been through it when you saw the survivor caps."

"After all these years, it still brings me to tears," said Casey-Moore.

Last year about 15,000 people participated in the race which started much smaller. "The first race in 1997, we had about 500 people," said Casey-Moore.

Now the race is Komen Austin's largest fundraiser. "We hope this year to raise about 1.5 million dollars," said Casey-Moore.

75 percent of the money raised goes back to Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson County. 25 percent goes to global research.

 "I'm just so thankful to be able to do it and that all these other women that I see are able to do it too," said Mefford. "It's hopeful, it gives you hope."

Monday, June 17th is the last day to register for Race for the Cure for $15. After Monday, registration fees go up to $30 for adults untimed and $35 for timed.


--Deeda Payton, KEYE TV News.

Discounted Registration for Komen Austin Race for the Cure


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