As a husband and father of five daughters, I would love nothing more than to find a cure for breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s “Race for the Cure” hit home for a lot of people the day before Mother’s Day, including me. Here's what I saw through my lens.
With all the females in my house, it's high on my wish list to knock out breast cancer. On Saturday, the morning before Mother's Day, several thousand people showed up to show their support for those dealing with a deadly disease, and to help raise funds to find a cure.
Some raised money for research in honor for their mothers, others raised signs telling us who they were running for. All of it inspiring.
Sprinkled throughout the thousands were those brave ladies who looked cancer square in the face and won the stare down. God bless those survivors, and those who helped them along the way.
Among the survivors is KUTV’s Mary Nickles. She and Matt Gephardt took a minute to talk shop and promote the cause. Mary is a walking billboard of success with early detection.
Even the forklifts there were pink. Pretty cool to see how creative people are and how passionate they are about this cause.
Speaking of lifts, some of the small, hairy walkers wanted one to get a better view of the pre-race festivities.
Even the guys got into it, from pink beards to mohawks to mustaches.
It was awesome to see multiple generations out there, oxygen tanks and all.
Those who couldn’t walk were helped along by loved ones. There's a lot of power in pink.
And maybe some of the people who couldn’t stand were the ones who stood tallest.
FM 100's Rebecca Cressman was one of the emcees on stage, and she jumped off to join the crowd from time to time to be in pictures. She said, "It's my favorite event! Brave women and the people that love them."
KSL's Shara Park was out with the cheerleaders carrying a sign that said, "Fight Like a GIRL!" Pretty funny. Pretty awesome.
During events like these, the TV station call letters tend to fade away a bit as employees from both KSL and KUTV show their support of the cause. They still managed to send a subtle message as to what channel to watch.
When you have your own cheerleading section, 3.1 miles doesn't seem so far. These volunteers did some heavy lifting of spirits.
As the race started, some people walked, and some people jogged. A few select people waved a pink wand and flew the course.
For those who walked, there was always a helping hand nearby.
Even some of the older participants needed a little help with balance. Amazing to see people deal with obstacles with a plan and a smile.
These two walkers argued that since they had twice as many legs, they should only have to walk half as far. I asked them about the appeals process, and they said it was ruff.
All kinds of people out there on the road — people carrying bags, backpacks, children, younger brothers, etc. All with smiles.
There’s just something inspiring about seeing a mile-long army in pink walking for a cause. It’s no wonder the Komen people have raised over $2 billion towards cancer research.
All along the route, people clapped and encouraged those who were slowing down. Phrases like "You're almost there!" "You can do it!" "You are AWESOME!" floated around the whole course.
Even the little ones pointed and cheered as the runners flew by.
Of course, there were a few of the little ones that hung with the parents for the entire race.
And along the way, those who just needed a hug didn’t even need to ask.
Jogging shoes? Check.
Ear buds? Check.
Towards the finish line I saw a father and son and asked them what they thought of the event.
I got the same reaction when I asked some of the runners the question.
About 45 minutes in, the rain started coming down. I wimped out and ran for cover while the rest of the people kept running for the finish line.
This lady cheered on EVERYONE that went by. Her encouragement and smile were contagious. We need to clone people like her.
Mid-race, this guy got a text from someone saying, “Hey, man. What are you doing right now?” Long pause.
A couple hundred yards from the finish line some of the little ones darted onto the course to finish the race with their parents.
At the finish line, an army of volunteers stood by with water bottles and oranges for everyone.
And a little further from the finish line, more volunteers handed out thousands of slices of bread. Big props to those companies who donated and sponsored at the event. Well done, Great Harvest.
Anyone who wears a pink ribbon AND a cape is a real superhero. It’s events like these that boost the faith in humanity. Great event, great day.
Overall, this is an annual event that my girls love to attend (and cry when they can't.) If you've never been a part of it, you should. Run, watch, donate, volunteer — whatever it is, there's just something in the air at this event that's awesome.