Cancer is a frightening word! For those fighting the battle; the all dreaded the day when they heard the words or someone in our family tells them they've been diagnosed with cancer. Everything as we know has changed and the world stops in time. What's next? What can I do to fight the battle?
These are just some of the questions many ask once the diagnoses is given. Susan G. Komen is an outstanding organization fighting in the battle against cancer. Each year, there is a Race for The Cure run that happens throughout the country. This past weekend, Maryland hosted it's 24th Annual Race For The Cure run. It was filled with so many survivors and their family members cheering them on. While there are so many survivors, there is always the opposite side of the coin. Yet they were there to celebrate the lives of the ladies that meant so much to them.
The race began with thousands of people lined up at the starting line waiting to cycle, run, and walk. Once the race started they were off to the races. There were even cheerleaders cheering them on!
Within 15 to 20 minutes, the bicyclists and runners were crossing the finish line and the walkers were shortly after. Once the participants crossed the finish line, many emotions were bubbling up; from smiles to tears. Survivors lanes was one of the happiest and loudest place to be. They were cheering on the survivors of breast cancer. They was easy to spot because they had on pink t-shirts indicating they have won the battle! They had signs and pom-poms cheering on every survivor that crossed the finish line.
Once the race was complete many survivors gather for the survivor photo and the survivor parade of pink. It was an emotional scene. It's a badge of honor to be able to walk in the parade! They have fought a good fight worth fighting...and winning!
It was such an honor for Tamieka Smith Photography, a Northern Virginia Photographer, to be a part of this wonderful celebration of strength! These are just a few of my favorites from the 24th Annual Susan G Komen Maryland Race for the Cure.
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