COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Thousands came out on Saturday for a cause that affects many men and woman throughout the entire world.
Just here in the United States in 2016, more than 235,030 woman and men heard four terrifying words – “you have breast cancer.”
That number of people could fill Ohio Stadium twice over.
Thousands took to the streets wearing pink in support of the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure. The race organizers say 1,300 survivors were there and more than $1.5 million dollars raised and still counting.
As all of this pink fills up the streets in downtown Columbus, NBC4 spoke with survivors that have a very important message that they want to share.
Tammy Weis, now 12 years in remission, wants every woman and man out there to know how important it is to get checked early so you can get treatment.
“There is no power in not knowing, so getting out there and getting your mammogram, checking your own breasts, getting a breast exam with your physician, those things are key to long term survival,” Weis says.
Dustin Martin’s wife Catriona passed away this March at just 32 years old.
“Get a routine check up every year you never know when it might happen and it could save your life,” he said. “My wife was third stage breast cancer diagnosed 4 years ago. It went in remission, came again last May. She was a huge fighter.”
A wall was dedicated to her at the race and Dustin says it signifies hope.
“The wall has just been an amazing memorial for her,” he said.
Thousands of men and women at the race supported one another through a battle that many know too well.
Liz Miesen was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer two years ago. She says she wants people to not be scared.
“I did 5 months of chemotherapy,” she says. “I had a mastectomy with reconstruction, I had 5 radiation treatments. Two weeks ago I had scans and was told my cancer is in remission, (I am) so thankful, thrilled. This was the results that we were hoping for and (I’m) just really really glad.
“They are getting better and better with research especially with the wonderful funding out there but as they learn more we can manage this disease that you might be able to live with this disease,” Miesen says.
Her three children chanted: “Go team Liz Strong!”
More than 20,000 runners and walker came to the race. For more information or to donate, visit http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR?fr_id=7092&pg=entry