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      Komen draws thousands to Race for the Cure

      Thousands painted Toledo pink on Sunday for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure.

      Adorned with pink ribbons, runners and walkers took off near Fifth Third Field for the 5k race. Messages of hope and inspiration were written on the clothing and signs of supporters, as they marched through downtown. It was a day dedicated to saving local lives affected by breast cancer.

      Local survivor Toni Fletcher celebrated her fifth year free of cancer alongside her fund-raising team, GIVE, which stands for â??God is Visible Everywhere.â??

      â??Iâ??m supporting myself as a survivor, and everyone else thatâ??s out here, Iâ??m out here to support them,â?? said Fletcher.

      Others walked to remember loved ones lost to breast cancer. Dianne Berry lost her mother to the disease 38 years ago, and says each walk is another step closer to the cure.

      â??Itâ??s a great event in memory of people that are lost and to keep that science going with new discoveries and save some lives,â?? said Berry.

      Over $11 million dollars has been raised over the past 13 years to benefit breast cancer research and care in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.