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Supporters, fighters and survivors prepare for Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

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It's the single biggest fundraiser the West Virginia Susan G. Komen Foundation holds each year, the Race for the Cure.  

More than 5,000 people are expected to take part and each of them have their own personal reason for joining the fight to end breast cancer.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, just outside of the West Virginia State Capitol building, the race begins. Runners, walkers and strollers will begin pounding the pavement with each step being a show of hope.

"My cousin has completed her chemo and radiation," volunteer Sara McDowell said.

Each step, a step toward a cure  

"My mother had breast cancer, my mother in law had breast cancer and I lost a sister to breast cancer," another supported added.

Every single person taking part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the cure has their own personal reason why.

"I've been there, I know what you're going through," Cathy McAlister said.

McAlister is a survivor.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer 13 years ago. 

"You go through all of the stages that they talk about, the disbelief, the anger, the pity, that sort of thing," McAlister recalls how she felt when she was first diagnosed.  "When I  first started, I didn't want to wear my pink survivor shirt, then I realized that I had joined a sisterhood."

A sisterhood in Susan G Komen for the Cure West Virginia, that she says she never thought she'd be leading as president 13 years later.

"I looked at the diagnosis as a certainly not a curse, but a blessing," McAlister said. "A blessing for me to get involved and help other women."

More than 5,000 supporters, fighters and survivors will race down Kanawha Blvd. Saturday morning with each step taken bringing them that much closer to finally finding a cure.

"It gave you such a sense of pride to cross that [finish] line," McAlister said.  "And you're in awe, simply in awe at all of the people that turned out to support that cause."

13 News' Courtney Khondabi, Jack Kane and Nicky Walters will be there along with more than 5,000 people expected to participate in the event.  75 percent of all money raised in West Virginia stays in West Virginia.