Survivors populate 15th annual Race for the Cure

About 10,000 participated in Saturday's event
Survivors populate 15th annual Race for the Cure

Saturday’s Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure marked the event’s 15th anniversary.

Almost 10,000 runners decked out in pink met on Willow Island to raise money to help fight breast cancer.

Many runners had reasons why the race is special to them. One woman in particular had just such a story to tell.

In a sea of pink, it’s easy to spot Sandy DeVault’s green hat.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2008, DeVault had to have a double mastectomy.

Her battle was tough on everyone, including her family.

“Your life has been torn away and it wasn’t even my life,” said Sandy’s son, Brad DeVault. “It just, it being my mom and everything. I didn’t know what to do. I just sat there in stun and shock and then told her, ‘let’s battle it.'”

With this battle came an army ready to fight.

Sandy DeVault started racing for the cure the year after she was diagnosed. She walked because she needed help, and she still walks to give the next generation her support.

“Sandy is absolutely a testament to what can happen when you have a positive attitude and you get through this,” said Race for the Cure executive director Michelle Heitzinger.


Sandy DeVault has now been cancer-free for 3 years and 7 months.

When she crossed the finish line Saturday in her green hat, it served as a symbol of the battle she fought, and the one she is helping other women fight today.

“It’s such a sense of accomplishment,” said Sandy. “Not just to walk, but to go through the journey. It’s amazing.”

About 900 breast cancer survivors crossed the finish line at Saturday’s Race for the Cure. Some of them have been participating in the event for each one of its 15 years.