"It's a good opportunity to support the cause and honor Christine [Tooker's] mother, who passed away from breast cancer," said Ms. Cannon, who's returning for her second year in the race.

"It's really neat to see families, couples and friends get together and show support for breast cancer research," Ms. Cannon said. "It's emotional and inspirational."

Money raised from the race will fund programs and services for women and men in Collin, Denton and Grayson counties. Last year, $520,000 was awarded to nine programs in these areas for breast cancer education, screening and treatment.

"We get phone calls every day from women who have found a lump or who need a mammogram but have no insurance, and they are desperate for help," said Paula Parker, president of the board of directors for Komen North Texas.

"In an ideal world, everyone would be doing monthly breast self-exams, getting clinical breast exams by their physician and getting mammograms every year."

But in the real world, many women delay examinations because of ignorance or lack of access to care, said Ms. Parker, who has been on the board for six years.

"We want to make sure that no one has to put off getting a mammogram because they can't afford it, or they don't know that they should," she said.

For those who would like to sign up and join the Race for the Cure event Saturday, race-day registration is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:45 a.m. The cost is $20 for survivors, $30 for adults and $12 for children younger than 12 and participants 65 and older.

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