Save a life and "Race for the Cure" in Mishawaka this May

Every month on the 16th, we remind you and a buddy to remind one another to do a self breast exam and get a mammogram. Both are crucial in the early detection of breast cancer. 16 Buddy Check is sponsored by the Women's Care Center of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

This is the perfect time to remind you about the Susan G Komen Northern Indiana Race for the Cure, May 1st in Mishawaka.

WNDU is proud to be your media sponsor for the event and Maureen McFadden is thrilled to be your honorary chair person.

Susan Komen lost her battle with breast cancer, but left a legacy of helping other women beat cancer, and you can help by taking part in the big race on May 1st.

They came to Beutter Park from all walks of life, from all age groups, with different stories-- but one cause. They came to support the first annual Susan G. Komen Northern Indiana Race for the Cure in Mishawaka.

There was an unbelievable first time turnout of 1400 women, men and children, some still battling breast cancer themselves. Organizers say the second annual walk on May 1st is looking to be bigger and better.

“We have over 35 teams at this time registered, so we hope double our numbers from last year and looking at about 2600 people,” said Ann Amico Moran, race director for northern Indiana.

We first met Sheri Miller before last year's race. The 39-year-old was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and was nearing the end of her treatment.

Today after a double mastectomy and chemotherapy, Sheri is cancer free and is looking forward to this year's race as the "survivor chairperson."

“It’s such an honor, it really is. It's a little overwhelming too because you meet so many other women that have unfortunately gone through the same battle but have come through on the other side cancer free,” says Sheri.

Sheri says there was a time she questioned whether she would be here to walk, so she is walking for those who aren't.

“In 2008 with my diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer I feel really lucky that I am standing here today. Most women with inflammatory don't get that opportunity,” she says.

The walk is an opportunity for individuals and families to make a difference, whether you walk or take part in competitive 5 k run.

“The course has changed a little bit. We liked to say it's a little bit more difficult. We're going to be using some of the streets in Mishawaka, but we will also showcase the Riverwalk,” says Ann.

There will be local and national vendors and entertainment and goodie bags.

This year's shirt is white with a pink circle of ribbons.

Since 1982 the Komen Race for the Cure has raised more than $1 billion working to save lives. Sheri, who took part in many Komen walks in Indianapolis, says one of those lives was hers.

“Mine was caught early enough that I get to continue on and be part of this race and be part of a great life,” says Sheri.

Whether you cross the finish line running or walking, the end will be equally sweet, and perhaps life saving.

If you want to take part in the Race for the Cure on May 1st you can click here.

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