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Hitting the streets to help save lives, nearly 6,500 people ran in Moline on Saturday for the 25th annual Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure.

Supporters joined more than 500 cancer survivors for the event, coming together in the fight against breast cancer.

Many racers say a strong support system makes a big difference.

"I think somebody that has cancer needs to have a strong support team and has to have their family around them. I think it might make it easier for them to have a group, it makes it easier for the family, too," said Francine Desplienter, who was taking part in this year's Race for the Cure to support two of her family members.

The Race for the Cure and the surrounding fundraising efforts raised more than $200,000 this year alone.

More than $5.7 million has been raised since the first Quad Cities event back in 1990.

KWQC is a proud sponsor of this event.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Something many that participated in Saturday's race can identify with.  

One woman that ran says it's why she'll continue fighting for a cure while remembering her sister who lost her fight.
 
A family battle with cancer that began long before Amy Fuhr was born, a family history that may have saved her life.

"My mom's mom had ovarian cancer at 33 and she passed away from that," Amy Fuhr, a cancer survivor, said. "My doctor suggested in August 2012 that I have the breast cancer test. The gene test to determine if I had the gene because if I did, it would help them detect it early."


She tested positive for the gene. Her doctor suggested she have a double mastectomy and a total hysterectomy. But, before she could, her sister Lisa  made a shocking discovery.

"About a month after she had [child] Lylah she found a lump in her right breast," Fuhr explained. "In November of 2012, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She was 29 years old."


Lisa started chemotherapy, and soon after, Amy too, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

"On March 6th I started chemotherapy."


Both sisters fighting an uphill battle with cancer together with Lisa's struggle getting progressively harder.

"She was in pain because the tumor was continuing to grow," Fuhr said. "Her breast was swelling. With that swelling there were sores that she was dealing with. When she went to see the new doctor he made the comment that the angels were calling her home."

Within months the fight was over.

"She just leaned into my mom and said 'I'm tired' and we told her 'Its okay to let go. We'll be okay."'

Less than one year later, Amy is cancer free, but  racing for a cure to help others win battle her sister could not.

Fuhr says not only did she Race for the Cure to remember her sister, but also for her own daughter and niece.
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