The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure was last weekend. I was one of a group of volunteer photographers covering the event, and it was an all-around awesome day. It was a mixture of fun (cheerleaders, local mascots, funny signs), sadness for those fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their fights, and high hopes for a future when treatment and cure rates are better.
There were lots of different races: men’s women’s, kids, walkers.
And there were big groups of local high school cheerleaders adding some serious spirit:
My family has had its own experiences with breast cancer, so it was hard not to feel overcome when I saw signs like this one:
But overall the feeling of the day was one of pride, of fighting against fear, and of hope. At the end there was a parade of cancer survivors, each one wearing a pink shirt. And as the huge sea of pink-shirted women marched into Qwest Field you just had to stand up and cheer for them.