Local businesses support Race for the Cure

By Alyssa Donovan

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Last minute registrations and final preparations for Saturday’s Race for the Cure are keeping organizers, volunteers and local businesses on their toes.

Development Director at Susan G. Komen Gina Morss-Fischer said, "We're excited because we're so very busy today, we've got a lot of people who are registering late. Which can be a little nerve racking sure but we want people to know that it's not too late to sign up."

And those signing up are gearing up to show their support.

Area businesses are showing their support too. Owner of KM gifts Donnie Stevenson says almost every family is affected by cancer including his own, which is why he was more than happy to back the cause.

Stevenson said, "We're very happy to be neighbors with the Komen foundation and so we decided to join in with them and we would donate 10% of our sales this weekend."

Shopper Kara Layton said, "I will shop anywhere that is going to support the cause and give money back to it it's terrific. Anytime you can get an entire community together to support a cause it will benefit everybody."

Layton has participated in the race for 6 years, supporting her mother who is a breast cancer survivor.

She said, “You don't realize how much pink is out there and how much breast cancer awareness is out there until it directly affects your lives. And then you see it everywhere and you want to do everything possible to support it."

Registration opens at 6:30 on Saturday morning for any last minute participants.