Race for the Cure Making Strides in Cancer Research

ROGERS, Ark. - The 20th annual Susan G. Komen Ozark Race for the Cure finally saw some beautiful weather this year as families from all over the region filled the Promenade Mall with pink Saturday morning. 

1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime - according to Susan G. Komen Ozark. 

Jarita Nordyke was just a kid when she saw how deadly this disease can be. 

"I was a child and lost my grandmother and my aunt and I can remember the difficulty my family went through," Jarita Nordyke said. 

But for some the wound is still fresh.

Melinda Davis had her mastectomy just 10 days ago. 

And today, she's celebrating the feeling of being cancer free. 

"You don't look at it like a procedure or as something devastating," Melinda Davis said. "You have to look at it as a journey that everyone is going through just like all the women here." 

For 20 years the Race for the Cure has made strides in cancer research for women just like Nordyke and Davis. 

"We are trying to make sure that no matter how much money a women has in her checking account or what her zip code doesn't determine whether she lives or dies," Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Ozark Lauren Marquette said. 

Making sure survivors, believers, and cheerleaders are taken care of from start to finish to finish.

"I always say this is a sorority that you never wanted to pledge but you have family for life," Marquette said. 

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