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Special to the AmNews

A sea of bright pink takes over Central Park at least once a year as breast cancer survivors and the band of family and supporters take part in the “Race for the Cure.” Their goal is to highlight breast cancer and the battle for a solution, survival and recovery. This year, Sunday, Sept. 7, once again at Central Park (beginning at 77th Street and Central Park West), thousands will don the names of loved ones on shirts, either printed or scribbled on lovingly.

This reporter, in my seventh year of survival, will walk among fellow survivors to give thanks and to illustrate to those going through this painful journey that there is hope and light at the end of the winding tunnel.

Walk with family, with friends, with self and with your community. Survivors want to celebrate their survival; those in the throes of the cancer battle walk too, determined to bring their best selves. Those who lost people walk in their memory.

It is family. It is community. It is gratitude. It is a year-round endeavor.

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