Thousands gather for Komen Race For The Cure!

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:17:03 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 21 2013 11:19:39 AM HST

Thousands gathered at Kapiolani Park to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Sunday.

It's the 19th year of the race in Hawaii.

Click here to see Kenny Choi's report.

Six thousand participants either ran or walked to support the fight against breast cancer, including Adrian Jones, whose sisters all battled the disease.

"It gets emotional to see the stregnth of survivors. They go through a lot," said Jones.

"I have lost friends and family to the disease. I also have friends who are survivors, so the most I can do is to walk for them," said Rose Codiamat.

Leading up to this year's race, more than $3 million has been raised in by the Komen Foundation in Hawaii.

Organizers are halfway to this year's goal of $350,000 that will go towards supporting local health organizations.

“I’m excited about the day we don't have to worry about breast cancer, but through fund-raising efforts like this, we become that much closer to ending breast cancer forever. That's our goal,” said Rich Martinez, co-chair of the Komen Race in Hawaii.

While fundraising is a big part of the walk, the race also brings together hundreds of volunteers throughout the community

The Girls Scouts from Troop 377 Manoa made 500 lei, and gave each survivor a special gift at the end of the race.

“It took a stressful four to five months to make, but it was worth it. When you lei these survivors, you see smiles,” said Joy Andres.

"It's a lot of ohana and love. It means a lot to all of us ladies," said Candi King, a two-time cancer survivor.

Organizers say this year's fund-raising efforts will continue until Nov. 1 and ask for any donations to be made through their website.

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Komen Race for the Cure 2013

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