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Help battle breast cancer

There will be a lot of folks wearing pink at Denton’s South Lakes Park on Saturday, but there’s always room for a few more.

It’s a good way to show your support for Denton’s second Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure — which helps raise money for the fight against breast cancer — whether you plan to participate or just want to cheer on your neighbors.

People of all ages will be taking part in featured events that include a 1-mile family fun run/walk, a competitive 5K, a casual 5K run/walk and a 50-yard dash for kids.

Online registration for walkers and runners is open until 5 p.m. today at, and walk-up registration on event day will be open from 6 to 7:30 a.m.

The Race for the Cure helps raise money for breast cancer programs locally — which are vital for life-saving early detection of the cancer — and research for a cure nationally.

“This is just our second annual event, but we have received such an outpouring of support from the Denton community and the surrounding communities, it’s just phenomenal, really,” Mary Frances Hoover, executive director for Komen North Texas, told us.

Last year’s race had 2,210 participants, and Hoover said organizers are hoping to draw 2,500 people this year. The goal is to raise $200,000 from sponsors and participants.

Seventy-five percent of the money raised locally is invested back into the community through other nonprofits that provide breast health programs, Hoover told us.

“People can see their dollars at work in their community, and that makes a difference,” she said.

Those who plan to drive in areas near the race location should use caution and observe posted warning signs. This year’s change in location (last year’s race was on the University of North Texas campus) is expected to make the race more intimate and provide more shade because the course goes through more residential areas, said Hannah Beaty, a spokeswoman for Komen North Texas.

One of the highlights of the morning will be a celebration featuring a parade of breast cancer survivors that will start about 10 a.m. It’s an inspirational and emotional event, designed to honor the survivors of breast cancer and pay tribute to the men and women who have lost their battle with the disease.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the best ways we know to help raise awareness and funds to fight a disease that has touched all our lives in one way or another.

We believe it’s a fight we will win, thanks to all of those who have made a commitment to help.

So why not join the team?

After all, everyone looks great in pink.