Arkansas' Race for the Cure: 20 years of stories

    10:35 PM, Oct 19, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Families, friends, and co-workers braved the bitter cold Saturday morning as they walked the 20th Anniversary of Arkansas' Race for the Cure. They shared hugs, laughs, and stories.

    Adam Vallance walked in memory of his grandmother while Connie Lally walked for her neighbor who had just learned she was cancer free. Angie Clements walked as a survivor.

    "I had my last surgery in July," Clements said.

    Just three months later, she found out she was cancer free and sharing her joy with her best friend.

    Sally Robison also battled breast cancer 14 years ago.

    "For 14 years I've been pretty active about doing the walk," she said. "And, they've been coming with me."

    Robison was joined by her daughter, Michelle Howard, and her grandchildren Emily, Matthew and Madison.

    "We have to do this race because if we do it, we get to lose the cancer for a little while," Madison said.

    "I was there when she discovered that she had breast cancer," Howard said. "It was on her first mammogram."

    Watching her mom go through treatment inspired Michelle to never miss an annual mammogram.

    "After a little while the cancer will come back but then it goes away when we are doing the race again," Madison said.

    Thirty-six thousand people turned out for the race, and each walked a shared journey at a different pace.

    Alongside the Race for the Cure Saturday, THV 11 was a proud to sponsor 3 Miles of Men.

    This was the first year the race itself had a male division, but the 3-miles-of-men is a way for the guys to show support along the route.

    A bunch of us from THV 11 were out having fun, including Ed Buckner who made a heck of a fashion statement with the pink boa and flower ensemble. And of course Craig O'Neill was doing his thing as always--entertaining and having a great time for a good cause.

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