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Race for the Cure
17,000 breast cancer survivors and supporters race Saturday
‘More powerful than cancer’: Thousands of pink-clad warriors
By Peggy Fletcher Stack
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 05/11/2008 12:22:48 AM MDT
Kristi Gundersen got an unexpected surprise on her 40th birthday – breast cancer.
The diagnosis was a shock, Gundersen said Saturday, because there was no history of the disease in her family. But in the ensuing months, as she underwent surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, the Washington potato farmer felt enveloped in the love from her friends and family.
“It was tough, but I don’t regret the experience,” Gundersen said, “The love I felt was more powerful than cancer by far.”
Gundersen and Kari Loving, her best friend since preschool, were among about 17,000 pink-clad participants in Saturday’s 12th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Salt Lake City.
The two were running hand-in-hand for another friend, Shannon Wilson Cloward, who is enduring cancer.
“You feel that you’re there with her every step of the way,” said Loving.
Pairs of survivors and supporters were common during the 5K and 1 mile walk/run. So were teams of friends with playful names, such as the Rack Pack, Bosom Buddies, Team Tough Titties, Victorious Secret, Our Cups Runneth Over, Jerome Jigglers, Hot Pink Magnas and Barbie’s Buddies.
Salt Lake City orthodontist Michael Richards brought together between 75 and 80 patients and families to join the race on behalf of two staff members who were recently diagnosed with breast
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