Sep 12, 2010 4:02 PM by Andy Koen

Southern Colorado races for the cure

Thousands of runners and walkers all clad in white and pink t-shirts put their feet and the pocket books forward in the fight against breast cancer Sunday at the Garden of the Gods. An estimated 7,000 people took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

"It's very special," said Marilyn Munkres the Honorary Survivor for El Paso County. "I'm a 22 year survivor and I'm very encouraged with all the support we have here."

Nationally, Race for the Cure is in its 27th year and has raised more than a billion dollars.

Racing comes naturally to Davey Schmidt. He took fourth in this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb. He brought his racecar and his family to the park today to join the cause.

"My sister came to our race team about a year or so ago a little barbeque we were having and challenged us to come do this walk, to come raise money," Schmidt said.

For the hill climb this year, Schmidt's normally yellow Ford Mustang was painted with pink logos for this year's race and on the hood are names of breast cancer survivors and victims with all ties to the family.

But it's another name that's made today's walk even more personal.

"Here recently I was just informed that my sister is going in for a biopsy."

And like so many who are here he's committed to helping the Komen Foundation in its quest for a cure.


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