Race for the Cure: Survivors young and old

By Denise Jackson

May 12, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Even though many women don't start getting mammograms until they're forty, breast cancer has no age limit and effects younger women as well. But survivors, young and old are supporting one another.

A couple years ago at age 29 Mindy Robbins of Bloomington found out she had breast cancer and was instantly thrust into fighting for her life. Robbins says she gains strength from friends and being around other breast cancer survivors at the Race for the Cure.

"Being able to be a young survivor with all the other survivors, knowing that they've been through the same thing it's amazing. It gives me chills," she said.

Robbins is not alone there's a special feeling among the group that gathers each year. Seventy-eight year old Estalla Nichelson says she looks forward to attending the race.

"It's a blessing to be out here to see all these women and men. I really enjoy it out here. I get here at six o'clock in the morning me and my grand daughter," she said.

The friendships and bonds that evolve out of their personal struggles have propelled many of these survivors, like Sue Paul into action raising money...which she hopes produces results for both young and old.

"I'll have tears walking down this hill and seeing the sea of people ahead of me. It's just an awesome thing to see so many people. My goal is that there are not gonna be any more in memory shirts. Everything is gonna be in honor of and I hope someday my daughter never has to go through what I had to go through,"

It's a goal they like many others hope can someday become reality.

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