East Texans 'Race for the Cure'
TYLER — East Texan Maureen Segroves was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.
She says if it weren't for events like Saturday's Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure," doctors may not have found her cancer in time.
"I was at a point where I was, you know, maybe I'd go once every 2 years, every 3 years, and it was just something like this that made me think 'Oh I'd better go,' and they found it, they found it early," Segroves said.
Now, Segroves, along with many others at "Race for the Cure" can call herself a Survivor.
"I had radiation, I had a lumpectomy, I had Barbra as my mentor, and I'm better now, I'm really good," Segroves said.
"The proceeds from the race are granted out in the community - 75% of it stays here for education and to fund mammograms and 25% goes to our national headquarters for research," said Tomi Ellis with the Tyler chapter of Susan G. Komen.
Saturday's "Race for the Cure" featured a 5K competive run, a one-mile family run, kids dashes, an awards ceremony, as well as plenty of food and entertainment.
KETK's own Jennifer Kielman was part of the festivities as well.
Barbra Quezada was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago.
She says cancer awareness is important - for people of all ages.
"I think it's a wonderful opportunity - plus it brings awareness to everyone about the importance of breast cancer. For me, I was diagnosed at a young age. So a lot of young people think it can't happen to them, it happens to older people," Quezada said.
Over 5,800 people showed up the race.