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Mother and Son Fight Breast Cancer Together

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On October 15th thousands of runners will take to the streets in downtown Lexington in honor of those who have battled the disease.

This year marks a milestone for the race and for one of the original co-founders as well.

Lynn English and her son Adam share a passion for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

"Breast cancer absolutely affects so many people on so many levels, it seems like everyone if they don't have a direct connection they know a friend, a family member who is affected by this disease," said Adam English, 2011 Race Chair.

For Adam English his connection is his mother, she is a five year survivor.

"It was 2006 in the summer, it was found on a routine mammogram,"said Lynn English.

While some women turn to supporting Susan G. Komen after their battle with cancer, ironically Lynn already had strong ties, especially the Race For the Cure.

Lynn just happened to be the co-founder of the race in Lexington in 1997.

It was the dream of a group of women who at the time never even considered breast cancer being a part of their lives, but new running was.

"The running buddies were six women who got up at 5:30 and ran in the neighborhood together for probably 12 or 15 years. We found out about this race and thought we could bring it to Lexington," said English.

That first year hundreds of people hit the pavement at the Kentucky Horse Park running for breast cancer.

Little did Lynn know that nearly ten years later at age 51, she would be a statistic.

"I would look at the women and remember that one in eight women would experience breast cancer and I would wonder who it might be, but never really thought it would be me," said English.

Lynn wasn't alone, two of her best friends were also diagnosed the year before her and after.

Now as the 15th annual Race For the Cure approaches, Lynn is proud to say her son has taken over as race chair, carrying on her mission.

" I had no idea it would ever grow to this magnitude," said English.

For his mom and women all over Kentucky, Adam is committed to making this year even bigger and better.

"Race day is a celebration of all those affected by the disease whether you are walking in honor, in memory of, whatever it is, its all about survivors that day," said Adam English.

As for Lynn's condition now, she says she feels great and is blessed to call herself a survivor.

The Lexington Race For the Cure is Saturday October 15th in downtown Lexington.

The race begins at 8 a.m.

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