Race for the Cure: Hundreds walked in hope of finding a cure

Race for the Cure: Hundreds walked in hope of finding a cure

The streets of downtown Wichita Falls were flooded with pink Saturday morning for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Close to 1,000 people filled the streets to support those who are fighting, have fought, or survived breast cancer.  Many saw the race as a way of restoring hope and finding a cure.

"It is about honoring their complete healing," said Shelli Rushing, who ran the race to honor two of her friends fighting breast cancer.

"We see lots of tutus," said Hannah Beaty, who works for Susan G. Komen of North Texas. "We see lots of lays and lots of pink."

It goes further than just wearing the pink.  More than 20 years ago Race for the Cure came to Wichita Falls for the first time, and every year it not only grows with decorations but racers.

"Everything we did leading up to today made it all worthwhile," said Rushing who did the race for the first time Saturday.

She and her daughter Hanna wanted to deliver hope.

"It's okay, there are survivors if you catch it you can survive," said Rushing.  "It's not a death sentence."

Both mom and daughter will be back next year but with one more thing in mind.

"Buy more tutu stuff," said Rushing.   "We ran out last night we were crazy going to Walmart and Michaels trying to get everything finished.  So next year we know to buy more tutu stuff."

There were 2 separate races on Saturday.  Runners were able to run or walk the traditional 5K, or do a 1 mile family race.