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Preparations Underway For The Race For The Cure

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Dozens of volunteers are busy turning the area  in front of Comerica Park into an oasis of pink. It’s all in preparation for Detroit’s Annual Komen Race for The Cure.

There is an estimated crowd of 40,000 expected at Saturday’s race.

Maureen Keenan Meldrum and a staff of 90 work all year long to make sure it’s one of the best days in the city of Detroit.

“The number of volunteers it takes to put this thing on and leading up to it is about 1,200 so when you are here look around at those purple shirts and give them a pat on the back. Those are the volunteers and we can’t thank them enough,” said Meldrum.

Among those that will be on hand at the race, local singer-songwriter Steve Acho. Acho has written a song specifically about fighting cancer called “Heroes for Life”, which he’ll sing tomorrow during the Race’s opening ceremonies.

“I’ve had some friends and family members both lose their battle and some that have won the battle and I kind of wanted to write a song that helps give strength to the people going through it – and the families – and honor those that have passed,” said Acho.

“Heroes for Life” will be available for download on iTunes soon.

Acho has donated the use of the song to the Detroit Race For the Cure. One hundred percent of the proceeds from downloads will go to the Race.

The Detroit Race has raised more than $23 million for breast cancer treatment, education and advocacy programs.

And you can still be a part of it.

You can register onsite Saturday – right up until the race starts at 9 a.m.

Get more information on the Komen Race for the Cure HERE.

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