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Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure 2011 at Coconut Point

Racers line up and chant before the start of the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Racers line up and chant before the start of the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • San Carlos Park resident Linda Schank, left, holds a picture of her daughter Lisabet Anna Buesing, with Lisabet's son Damian, during the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Buesing died from breast cancer in 2008 at the age of 25. Schank helps run the Lisabet Annd Buesing Foundation in honor of her daughter. The foundation helps young single mothers who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Runners are cheered on as they cross the finish line during the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Runners are cheered on as they cross the finish line during the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Scenes from the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Racers line up and chant before the start of the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Suzanne Evans, lower right, and her husband Martin McMurtrie wait with cancer survivor Diane Simon, center, and others from the Hunter's Ridge Divas team at the starting line before the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Paige, a 1-year-old standard poodle, dons breast cancer awareness leg warmers at the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Race participants stretch out before the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Cape Coral resident Andrea Reid gives high fives as she runs through the finish line of the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Melanie Payne, 53, center left, hugs her friend and fellow breast cancer survivor Julie Bauman, 55, after they finish the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Payne, a writer for the Fort Myers News-Press, met Bauman after she wrote a first-person account of her experience with breast cancer. Bauman called Payne after reading the story because she had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well, and the two have been friends ever since. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Heather Mazurkiewicz, right, and Chelsea Spiro chear for Spiro's mother, Rachel, as she crosses the finish line at the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Fort Myers resident China Murray, 14, wears breast cancer stickers under her eyes before the start of the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Sanibel residents Pat Young, right, and her friend Elise Kennedy get high-fives as they finish the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Young, 75, just finished radiation treatment last week for breast cancer and is also a bladder cancer survivor. An estimated 10,000 people walked or ran in the annual 5K race for a cure. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Race participants wear tributes on their backs during the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • North Fort Myers resident Debbie Bennett dons pink glasses and a pink feather boa for the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. 'The Susan G. Komen Foundation paid for my chemo,' said Bennett, a breast cancer survivor for four years. 'They (the foundation) saved my life.' Bennett said she was unable to receive help through several agencies when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer because she hadn't been a resident in Florida for more than a year. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Fort Myers resident Ken Davis carries his daughter Brianna Davis, 9, on his shoulders for the start of the walking portion of the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. An estimated 10,000 people took part in the 5k race. 'My mother just had a mastectomy at Christmas,' said Davis as to why he was walking in this year's event adding that all of his aunts have had breast cancer, as well, and that he worries for his daughter. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Runners as far as the eye can see take off from the starting line at the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. An estimated 10,000 people took part in this year's event. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Participants take off from the starting line at the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. An estimated 10,000 people took part in this year's event. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Runners as far as the eye can see stand through the National Anthem before the start the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. An estimated 10,000 people took part in this year's event. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Runners as far as the eye can see wait to start the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. An estimated 10,000 people took part in this year's event. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Race participants wear tributes on their backs during the Susan G. Komen 2011 Southwest Florida Race for the Cure on Saturday morning at Coconut Point in Estero. Lexey Swall/Staff

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