Paint Pikeville Pink for a cure

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

People in Pikeville ran and walked for a cure for breast cancer Saturday morning.

The first annual event "painted Pikeville in pink" in an effort to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.

More than one-hundred people participated in the Paint Pikeville Pink 5K in downtown Pikeville.

"This just is overwhelming and so heart touching to see so many people that have come out to support other survivors," said Kelli Thompson, breast cancer survivor and event organizer.

Fighters, family members, and survivors ran and walked. Something they say they had to do.

"This cause affects all of us personally, so even if there wasn't a race involved, we would have gotten involved somehow," said Dan Vongvises, runner.

Organizers say they did not spend a dime because everything was donated by the community for the event.

"It's been a long process, but we've had a lot of fun putting it together," said Sandra May, event organizer.

All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation.

"With all of these people coming together and so many people determined to find a cure, there has to be a cure out there somewhere that will be found real soon," said Thompson.

Organizers say breast cancer is something everyone can relate to.

"Everybody has been touched by breast cancer, whether it be a family member, a friend, or a church family member. Everybody knows someone who suffered from breast cancer, and it truly shows today with all the support we've had from Pikeville," said May.

"We hope to be bigger and better next year," said Thompson.

Participators received awards and raffle prizes after the race.

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