DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s an emotional inspirational day in the city of Detroit. Saturday morning thousands of cancer survivors and their friends will gather for the 21st Annual Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure.
Race co-chair Katrina Studvent told WWJ Newsradio 950 its a celebration of those who’ve survived cancer, but also remembers loved ones and friends that have lost their battle..
Natalie Kuerbiz of Pontiac lost her best friend Alissa to cancer when she was only 34 years old, shortly after giving birth. Kuerbiz said there are mixed emotions on race day.
“For me it’s a very happy day … one of the best days in Detroit. As well as … it is sad to see all the lives that are lost,” Kuerbiz said. “But, again, it makes me happy to see so many people out there walking trying to help support to help find a cure.”
Kuerbiz formed “Alissa’s Angels” two years ago to honor her friend.
“Every year I think about her and wish she was wearing that pink survivor’s shirt … but she’s not. We just want to keep her memory alive,” Kuerbiz said.
At 7 p.m. Friday there will be a prayer and remembrance service for anyone whose life has been touched by the disease. It takes place at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Woodward Ave. in Detroit.
The Cathedral will also host a Prayer Station along the route on race day.
Get complete event information at this link.