Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure participants
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 1,000 people came out in support of finding a cure for breast cancer Sunday morning at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland.
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The event is held to raise money for breast cancer research, screening, and education programs, and organizers say the event is also a great way to promote awareness for the breast cancer movement.
Many survivors also attend the event, and another goal of the race is to honor those who have lost their lives fighting breast cancer.
Officials say the event has had great success since it started in Maine with participation increasing each year.
"The Maine affiliate has been around since 1997, and since then we've invested more than $2.6 million right here in the state of Maine, and over $750,000 to research. This race here has made over $300,000 since it started, and this year should add to that," race Executive Director Sally Bilancia said.
There will be another Race for the Cure held in Bangor next Sunday.