Thousands participate in Susan G. Komen Race in Jackson

Thousands participate in Susan G. Komen Race in JacksonThousands of people participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race on Saturday morning in downtown Jackson to honor breast cancer survivors, fighters as well as those who died of the disease.

Around 2,400 people, including children who were being pulled in pink wagons, participated in the annual race.

Susan G. Komen Race is organized annually to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease.

Speaking about the event, coordinator Cindy Cobb said, "Breast cancer touches everyone -- no matter who you are -- whether it's your friend, sister, aunt, or even your brother."

According to Dr. Wilma Clopton, the president for the local Race for the Cure, Mississippi ranks third in the country in terms of breast cancer mortality.

Three quarters of all proceeds from the race will be used educate people about the disease, and carry out screening and treatments. The remaining part of the proceeds will be used for research.

Over the years, the race raised nearly $2 million.