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It was a cool Sunday morning at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City as thousands sported pink for the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

“I feel great. It’s been great today; very uplifting,” said Sheryl Dellinger, 36, of Oklahoma City.

Dellinger was diagnosed with breast cancer in June and said it has been an emotional time since her diagnosis, but on Sunday, she was all smiles. About 105 family members, friends and co workers joined Dellinger’s team to walk the charity 5k Sunday.

About 12,000 people participated in this year’s race which relocated from the Bricktown ballpark to the race’s original location at the Myriad Gardens, said Lorna Palmer, executive director for the Central and Western Oklahoma affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

“It was a beautiful and inspiring day as it is every year. This is our 20th annual one and our first eight races were here at the (Myriad) Gardens then we moved to the ballpark and we thought that it would be a great year to come back and do it where it all began,” Palmer said.

Palmer said 75 percent of all funds will stay in Oklahoma to fund breast cancer education, screenings, mammograms and treatment programs, while the other 25 percent will fund national breast cancer research.

The Susan G. Komen organization has invested more $10 million into the communities the Central and Western Oklahoma affiliate serves since 1994, Palmer said.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer. It is estimated that there will be 40,030 breast cancer deaths in 2013 39,620 women and 410 men, according to the American Cancer Society.

An estimated 2,690 people in Oklahoma will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society.

Sunday morning was a family affair for 21 year old Alyssa Cawthon who formed a team with friends and family, including her grandmother and her mother.

Her grandmother, Joan Stroud, and mother, Cara Cawthon, were diagnosed with breast cancer five months apart from each other. They are now breast cancer survivors and participated in this year’s race.

When Alyssa Cawthon, of Moore, found out she carried the gene that increased her chances for breast cancer, she had a prophylactic mastectomy.

Alyssa Cawthon is now an Oklahoma City ambassador for Bright Pink, a company which promotes early detection and prevention of breast cancer.

“I’m really trying to raise awareness for young girls for them to know that you don’t have to be older. I was 20 when I had the surgery,” Alyssa Cawthon said.

For 20 year breast cancer survivor Lori Bennitt, participating in the Race for the Cure is a chance for her sisters, nieces and other family members to come from all over Oklahoma and walk together to end breast cancer.

“We make it a family event. We meet in the middle and do this every year,” said Bennitt, 56, of Hulbert.

Participants line up for the start during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. They live in Chandler. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Thousands make their way north on Hudson after the start of the 5K run/walk and 1 mile family fun during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Thousands make their way north on Hudson after the start of the 5K run/walk and 1 mile family fun during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Thousands make their way north on Hudson after the start of the 5K run/walk and 1 mile family fun during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Thousands make their way north on Hudson after the start of the 5K run/walk and 1 mile family fun during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

A group of people hold signs of encouragement for the start of the 5K run/walk and 1 mile family fun during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

A participant raises her arms as she crosses the finish line during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

John and Debbie Garrett, OKC, walk near the finish line during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Debbie is a 6 year survivor. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Participants cross the finish line during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Participants cross the finish line during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Nursing instructor, Tamra Weimer, from El Reno, crosses the finish line during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Debbie is a 6 year survivor. Was runnig for former students. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Terry Berryman, second from right, a six year survivor, crosses the finish line with her family during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Debbie is a 6 year survivor. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Suzen Rodesney raises her arms as she crosses the finish line during the 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday, October 20, 2013. Suzen is about to finish treatment for her breast cancer. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
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