Breast cancer survivors pray for a cure

By Beau Ebenezer

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Dozens gathered in the Twin Cities for a night of praise and worship in the 3rd Annual Pray for a Cure event.

The free service was a prelude to the Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure this weekend.

The event featured live music along with prayer dedicated to breast cancer survivors and their family and friends.

The Women's Head Basketball Coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, Mia Smith joined the night of prayer.

She was diagnosed last year with breast cancer but is now cancer free.

"I've always been a spiritual type of person," Smith said. "I have a "Jeremiah 29" verse on on my wall in my office. I looked at it daily. Now, to come together with all of the other women who are survivors and those who are praying for us, it is a great complement to being healthy."

"We believe that prayer is very powerful in healing," said Pray for a Cure Chairman, Helen Wright. "Prayer is a place where they seek encouragement and hope."

There is still time to register for Saturday's race.

Activities begin at 8 am at the State Farm Corporate South Campus.

You can register on site or online at komenmemorialdotorg.