MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is right around the corner. It's this Saturday, September 14th, in Forsythe Park and festivities start at 7 a.m with a Survivor's Breakfast.
The 2019 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is getting underway in Monroe this Saturday, September 14th. (KNOE) -
At 8 a.m. the one-mile fun run/walk starts, then the 5k kicks off at 8:30 a.m. The kids' area opens up at 7:30 a.m. with activities and crafts, and they say there's an area for your dog too!
Officials with Susan G. Komen say online registration is closed now, but you can head over to their office in Monroe at 3418 Medical Park Drive to register in-person or register on race day at 6:30 a.m.
And most of the money raised this weekend stays right here in the community.
"So 75% of the funds we raise at the event goes to our local service area," says Angee Nolan, CEO of Susan G. Komen Louisiana. "And it helps women who can't afford mammograms or breast cancer treatments and even helps with transportation needs."
Survivors say this race is more than a fundraiser, it's a reminder that they're cancer-free.
"Sometimes there's like a 30-year survivor, a 40-year survivor and that to me is very encouraging," says breast cancer survivor Tommi Bratton. She's been cancer-free for 14 years now!
Bratton says awareness about your body is key, because she originally went in for surgery to remove some scar tissue, only to find that she had breast cancer.
"The scar tissue kept being bothersome to me because it would always pop up but then they'd say it was nothing, so I went in to have that done and they found the tumor underneath it," says Bratton.
She says the sisterhood through Susan G. Komen means is very encouraging and means the world.
"You realize that you're not the only one there that's a survivor sometimes we feel like we're on our own little island and we're facing this alone but we're not we have sisters everywhere," says Bratton.
New this year, Nolan says she just started a new Ambassador Program a few weeks ago. The goal is to help educate rural communities.
She says the Ambassadors will help train volunteers who "educate people in the community at churches libraries different things about the importance of getting a mammogram and how to do self-exams."