DETROIT (WWJ) – The scene around Comerica Park and along Woodward Avenue Saturday was a sea of pink, as thousands participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Foundation, Race for the Cure event in support of breast cancer research and treatment.

And with a “bang” –  thousands of Race for The Cure participants, many wearing pink, began their walk or run.

Della Kemp of Plymouth Twp. is a nine-year survivor of cancer.

“I had stage one, my mom helped me though it, she is now deceased so I’m walking in honor of her also … it’s been an experience and I’m just glad to be a survivor,” said Kemp.

With all of the support and love Kemp says it’s encouraging and very emotional.

Angela Brown of Belleville is a three-month survivor… and Saturday’s event was her first walk.

Brown’s sister, Renee Williams, is a three-year survivor. race for cure bfisher Race For The Cure Brings Sea Of Pink To Detroit

“I lost my mom in ’85 to breast cancer so I’m sure it’s going to start pouring out, but right now I’m just taking it all in. Like my sister said, ‘all the pink in one day’ and just being down here and basking in the moment – is just great,” said Williams.

Williams says it is vital to raise money for research and treatment program for breast cancer.

Money raised will also go toward early screening, patient and treatment programs for those that might not have access to those services.

In 2012, it is estimated that there will be 226,000 new cases of breast cancer among women in the U.S. including nearly 40,000 deaths.

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