Race for the Cure Attracts 600 Survivors ... Including a Wedding Party

By: Dana Brueck
By: Dana Brueck

Organizers say the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in Madison gets bigger and better every year. Saturday an estimated 7,500 hundred people walked or ran in the annual fundraiser to fight breast cancer.
Evie Hungerford brought about 50 loved ones to celebrate a milestone.
"Five years last month," she says.
Five years cancer-free ...
Doctors diagnosed Hungerford with cancer when she was 46 years old.
She has taken part in Madison's Race for the Cure ever since.
"Any funds that we can raise that are going to eliminate breast cancer is so critical," Hungerford says.
Her team is raising $1,500.
But Hungerford is one of roughly 600 other survivors at this year's celebration of life.
"I guess the main reason I walk is because I know my daughter is at risk."
But today marks another major step for the Hungerford family.
"It's so very touching to me that she's going to include me in her day," Hungerford says.
Once Evie Hungerford and her daughter race for a cure, they will race here - to the family's church - for a wedding.
"They said next year's race will be on June 4th, and I looked at my daughter and said oh, well," Hungerford says.
Heather Hungerford said "oh yes" to bringing her wedding party to the race.
"My mom means a lot to me. She's more of a friend than just a mom," Heather Hungerford says.
Mom and daughter have just a few hours in between walking for a cure ... and then walking down the aisle. But Heather Hungerford says it's a race she's happy to make.
"I couldn't imagine not having here on my wedding day, much less for the rest of my life," Heather says.
"I was prepared to give this up, but I'm glad we didn't," her mother says.
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds form the race stay in Dane county. Last year that came to about $250, 000 dollars.


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