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'Race for the Cure' celebrates life

Published On: Oct 20 2013 08:14:46 PM CDT
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

More than 1,00 survivors and supporters hit the streets of Kingsport Sunday for the Race for the Cure.

The event was the 8th annual race held in the Tri-Cities to raise money to support breast cancer awareness and research.

Race for the cure wasn't just for runners and walkers, teams sat up tents to celebrate with those who have survived the disease, while health organizations came out to share information and spread awareness.

Lisa Tipton from Jonesbourogh is a 4 year breast cancer survivor and the race comes just days before she celebrates that milestone.

"I've been a survivor since 2009, [in] November I was diagnosed with best cancer, I just love coming out here with the celebration. It's overwhelming and it's also a blessing to the see all of the people who come out to support this cause," said Tipton.

Tipton and her friend are both survivors, and they tells News 5 every year they "pink it up," with their flattering outfits as a way to celebrate life.

According to Breast Cancer.org, 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.