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Community fights cancer with Liz Hurley Ribbon Run

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Thousands participated in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run. Thousands participated in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The 10th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run was held the morning of Oct. 19.

A record 6,500 participants signed up for the Ribbon Run, which features a 5K Race and a Survivor's Walk. This event has raised millions of dollars over the years to help fund breast cancer research and raise awareness about the disease.

Liz Hurley, WAFF 48 News anchor and breast cancer survivor, attended the event and spent time with other survivors. The Ribbon Run is another way the community can band together to fight breast cancer. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

Thousands crossed the finish line, but Josh Whitehead won 15+, with Andrew Hodges coming in second.

For most people, participating in the Ribbon Run was a personal thing: they either ran on behalf of someone who has had breast cancer or they are a survivor.

Shannon Thompson was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 36 years old.

"This time last year, I had just come out of surgery and I had tubes, and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But I pressed forward and today I am here, I walked, and I am cancer-free," she said.

She had no history of breast cancer in her family and she didn't have the breast cancer gene. "When I was diagnosed, I freaked out and cried like anybody else would, but I made a decision that a positive attitude was what was going to get me through," Thompson said.

It wasn't easy. This past year has been filled with chemo, radiation and surgery. Thompson documented her fight from start to finish on Facebook in hopes of raising awareness.

"Maybe that would encourage others to do self-breast exams and get their mammogram because at 36 years old, most people have never had a mammogram," she said.

Today, Thompson's friends and family joined her in the walk, while others cheered her on. Her story is one of many leaving their mark at this year's Liz Hurley Ribbon Run.

So far, this year's Ribbon Run has brought in $254,000 alone in online donations. This figure does not factor in sales of luminaries or sponsorships. Donations will continue to be accepted through the month of October. All proceeds will benefit the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

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