Thousands upon thousands of women, men, children and babes in strollers—some folks even brought their dogs—walked, ran and/or jogged the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Central Park on Sunday, Sept. 8. As usual, spirits were high as the CBS News anchor team Kristin Johnson and Katie McGee hosted the pre- and post-race events.

The Amsterdam News team kicked things off at the starting line, jogging with the real runners before settling into a nice pace while enjoying the vibe of a race celebrating survivorship and fellowship.

“How many years, sister?” asked this reporter of fellow survivors.

“Twenty-eight years,” said the first lady.

“Eight,” says the next.

“Two and a half,” says a third, and the beat goes on.

Komen Greater NYC says that they invest 25 percent of every dollar raised in national breast cancer research while 75 percent of the net monies raised goes right back into the communities to help the women, men and families in their service area to fund local, community-based breast health education, screening and treatment programs and clinical trials enrollment.

Komen states that their grant program supports essential lifesaving services for underserved residents of the greater New York City metropolitan area. In 2013, Komen Greater NYC is awarding $2.9 million in grants—$2.2 million to support 32 community-based breast health programs that will help 175,000 at-risk women while investing $700,000 in research to find a cure.