Survivors shine bright during rainy Race for the Cure

Tim Jimenez
May 13, 2018 - 9:24 am
The 28th annual 5K event drew a huge crowd even with a rainy start Sunday morning.

Tim Jimenez | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's a Mother's Day tradition that draws thousands to the Philadelphia Museum of Art area each year: the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The 28th annual 5K event drew a huge crowd even with a rainy start Sunday morning.

But through the dreary weather, breast cancer survivors and those fighting the disease shined bright. 

They walked down the museum steps together for the Survivors Parade of Pink.

Some wore purple, which represents those who are fighting metastatic breast cancer. Those in pink, like Jean, a mother of five from Camden, New Jersey, are survivors. 

"It brings tears to my eyes just to see so many survivors and so many supporters," said Jean. "It's really wonderful."

Also part of the group, Angela Bocchi, battled breast cancer twice.

"Having cancer back-to-back — it really knocked me down hard the second time," she said.

But she got back up, and continues to draw strength from others.

"I look at these women and everybody is just so strong and positive," Bocchi said. "So I am trying to embark on the positive side of my experience."

Meryl Weinreb, Komen Philadelphia chair of education and public policy, knew two people who lost their lives this year to cancer.

"It's very sad. It's very depressing, but it's also enormously motivating," she said. "It just makes me want to redouble our efforts to do this work."

For many others, positivity has come from friends and family. 

"My friend that passed away last year, she was here last year with us," said Joy, a survivor from Philadelphia. 

And on this special day, she only wanted one thing.

"I told my kids you don't have to get me nothing for Mother's Day. Just be here at the walk," Joy said.