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Liz Hurley Ribbon Run breaks record

By Barbie Czura
WAFF 48 News Reporter

Everywhere you turned in downtown Huntsville this weekend, you saw a touch of pink. Men, women and children laced up for the Fifth Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run.

A record in attendance, beautiful weather, and not to mention the tenth anniversary of founder and WAFF News Anchor Liz Hurley, being cancer-free.

More than 3,600 runners took over the streets of downtown Huntsville this morning. 

The community uniting together and was running for hope, strength and remembrance of someone touched by breast cancer.

Cindy Spillers is running for her "mother in law was diagnosed this year, and my first cousin."

63 year old, Lucian Copeland says, "I've run four years now... my wife passed away about four years ago.

Joann Welborn runs for her sister, "Who died in February from breast cancer. She battled it for three and a half years and I'm doing it for her". She adds, "I'm sure she is smiling upon us, she would have been out here if it was one of us".

Joseph Downs' mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Now seven years later, time has taken its toll. "Things have gotten tough lately, she's still battling".

Battling to win the fight, but she's not alone. Her son has walked beside her every step of the way, and now he's running for her. "Tired legs, and shortness of breathe for thirty minutes, it's a small sacrifice compared to what a lot of our mothers, grandmothers, and daughters have to go through".

All proceeds from today's ribbon run will be donated to support programs that create awareness about breast cancer and to purchase equipment for breast cancer diagnosis. If you couldn't make it to the race today and would still like to make a contribution you can visit our www.lizhurleyribbonrun.org.

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