The power of pink was strong in the city on Sunday, as thousands gathered at the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.
If breast cancer is a battle, the women at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure are the veterans.
From army camouflage to tutus and tiaras, survivors at the Race for the Cure wore their pink with pride.
"I would hope that I could give anyone inspiration that after 13 years, that being diagnosed is not necessarily a death sentence, that's for sure," said Sheryl Eason, a cancer survivor.
This message was heard loud and clear by Shirin Tinati, who had her latest round of chemotherapy a few days ago.
"It means hope. It means, 'Yes, I'm going to be walking this 20 years from now, and I'm going to be perfectly cancer free,'" Tinati said.
While fundraising took a hit last year, after the national organization pulled funding for planned parenthood, the Greater NYC chapter says their numbers are almost back on track.
The chapter says they have always supported planned parenthood, and that the $6 million raised at this year's race will fund their programs and many others.
"The money stays here. Last year, thanks to the race, we donated $2.2 million to 31 local breast health programs. So without Susan G. Komen, thousands of uninsured and low income women would not get the care that they need," said Linda Tantawi, CEO of Susan G. Komen Greater NYC.
Many of these local organizations set up camp at the expo, where offerings included everything from information to actual mammograms and screenings done on site.
There was also a survivor camp, where women were treated to massages and manicures.
But sadly, survivors are only half the story.
Many participants wear the names of loved ones and carry their memories as they run.
"I like to read the names and think of them and then think of my aunt Natalie as I'm running. I feel like I'm running for her, running with her in me," said race participant Kate Karen.
"For my mom. She passed away July 17," said another participant.
"You really feel alone when you're going through this, feels like nobody else has it, but when you come out to something like this, you don't feel alone," said Catherine Stone, a cancer survivor.
For those who would like to donate or find out more about Komen's programs, visit komennyc.org.