For Sylvia Lyons, a breast cancer survivor for 18 years, Saturday's Susan G. Komen for the Cure events were "very emotional." The Richmond woman was among thousands who gathered in downtown Lexington to raise money to fight breast cancer.
Lyons and a friend, Debra Walter of Lexington, walked together at the head of a "survivor's parade" that marched around the CentrePointe block at 7:30 a.m. They and other survivors were cheered and applauded.
"This is a great compliment to the survivors, to get out and get with others," Lyons said.
"I've had just tremendous support from all the ladies out here," said Walter, a seven-year survivor.
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Saturday's competitive races and non-competitive walks drew 5,200 registrants, said Mary Allison Belshoff, executive director of the Lexington affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
Final totals won't be known until later, but Belshoff offered a conservative estimate that about $400,000 was raised.
A 5K run drew 400 female participants and 252 men. Hundreds more ran or walked in a non-competitive event that began at 9 a.m. The Susan G. Komen Lexington Web site showed $183,446 raised so far, but donors can give later, and the final tally won't be known until Nov. 15.
Saturday was an important day, too, for Adam English, chairman of Lexington Race for the Cure. His mother, Lynn English, co-chaired Lexington's first Komen events in 1996. Lynn English later had breast cancer but is now a survivor who walked Saturday.
"She's my inspiration in getting involved," Adam English said. "It was caught early, but she fought it. Two weeks after her surgery, she walked the race."