Y-ME race raises nearly $3M for breast cancer

May 8, 2011 3:25:33 PM PDT
Thousands began their Mother's Day by taking part in the 2011 Y-ME Race at Your Pace breast cancer walk and run at Grant Park.

Y-ME provides support to breast cancer patients, including peer counseling. Among the participants are breast cancer survivors and some who are currently battling the disease. Some talked about what this event meant to them.

"It's a time to reflect and rejoice for everyone that is experiencing breast cancer," said breast cancer survivor Debbie Steele.

"It's a fabulous way to start the day. Fabulous. I'm amongst very close friends and it's very productive. It's heartfelt," said breast cancer survivor Bonnie Weisberg.

"It feels so good to have all these people around us and know that nobody's alone," said breast cancer patient Leanne Baker.

Gov. Pat Quinn spoke before the start of the race. According to the Y-ME website, Sunday's event raised nearly $3 million.

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