Breast cancer survivor is backed by her team at annual race

By Beau Ebenezer

September 14, 2013 Updated Sep 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON Ill -- A sea of "pink" filled the Southside of Bloomington as nearly 2,000 runners and walkers completed either the 5K run or 1-mile walk for the Bloomington-Normal Race for the Cure.

For Normal resident Traci Ayers, her personal battle against breast cancer is complete but her fight to put an end to the disease forever is not.

"It's very shocking," said Ayers. "It just takes you right down to what is really meaningful in life. You just fight. You just fight from that day forward. You do everything possible that you can."

Ayer's was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and immediately underwent treatment.

She is now cancer free, which she contributes to her "team's" support.

"You just need to be there and try to be as upbeat and positive as you possibly can," said Traci's father, Ken Gallaway. "You're talking about a double mastectomy and that is hard to comprehend or wrap your brain around."

Ayer's race team, 2nd Base Security, was comprised of family and friends.

They raised more than $200 for the event.

Team members said they are proud of the accomplishment, however the the greatest prize, is having their mother right by their side on race day.

"We have a kid on the way so that is amazing," said Traci's son, Tyler Ayers. "I am just happy that she can be here today to see all of the things that are happening in our lives."

Race officials said the entire event surpassed their goal of $200,000, all going toward the fight against breast cancer.

Event fund-raising continues for another month.

You can make a donation at komenmemorial.org.

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