SPOKANE, Wash—Despite the rain, hundreds ran and walked to raise breast cancer awareness Sunday in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
More than 1.6 million people were expected to participate in the 5K series across the country in 2014. There were 6,500 people who hit the pavement in Spokane.
"My grandmother is a two time survivor or breast cancer so I'm celebrating her life," said participant Alexis Richmond.
The race began at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Spokane Falls Blvd. and Post St in Downtown Spokane. It commenced at the Race Day Expo near Gondola Meadows in Riverfront Park.
One woman walked to celebrate her seventh year as a breast cancer survivor.
"There are so many people that have breast cancer, that have been affected by breast cancer. Either someone in their family or themselves that it's not surprising at all. It's just wonderful," said Kristi Spohr.
The event was designed to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. As much as 75% of the funds raised Sunday would be used by the Komen Eastern Washington Affiliate to provide breast health research, diagnostics, screening, treatment, services and education according the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Participants in Spokane raised about $400,000 for breast cancer research. Most of that money goes towards helpings families in Eastern Washington.