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Komen Lexington Celebrates Milestones

WKYT is now a proud media partner with Komen Lexington.

The organization will celebrate two major milestones this year, the first of which is this Friday night with their annual Pink Tie Gala and later this fall with the Race for the Cure in downtown Lexington.

It may be a group you only associate with the color pink, but its message and mission is about so much more.

This year more than 230,000 women will hear the words you have breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die.

In Lexington there is one organization working to make life easier for all those involved with the disease.

" I can do statistics and numbers all day long, but you just can't quantify the lives that have been saved, the mothers that have been saved, the families that have been able to stay together because of what Susan G. Komen has done in Lexington," said Mary Allison Belshoff, the Executive Director of Komen Lexington.

The Lexington affiliate of Susan G. Komen was founded in 1996, since then it has invested over a million dollars into the local community for breast cancer research and treatment.

The organization has been a lifeline to those battling the disease and those who have survived.

" I think that when survivors come together, especially with newly diagnosed patients both men and women its is such hope, that its not a death sentence," said Belshoff.

Two annual fundraisers, the Pink Tie Gala and the race for the cure will celebrate major milestones this year.

The Pink Tie will celebrate 10 years of raising money and while it is a benefit its also about celebrating lives.

"It means they're here and the mission has been completed for them and its an ongoing process for them to grow and nurture and see other people at the gala supporting what they've gone through," said Stuart Hurt, the Chair for the Pink Tie Gala.

In October another milestone, thousands of runners will take to the streets of downtown Lexington for the 15th annual 5k, Race For the Cure.

Its a race symbolizing the strides men and women make fighting the disease as well as the race to find a cure to end the cancer all together.

To register for the race or to make a donation to Komen Lexington you can log on to www.komenlexington.org

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