KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- More than 10,000 people showed up for the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Knoxville Saturday morning.
With each stride forward, there was hope that one day there will be a cure for breast cancer.
"I don't want my niece, who's 5, to have to go through this. So I hope by the time she gets grown, I hope for sure by then that there is a cure," said Rhonda Mullins, who just celebrated her first year breast-cancer-free.
Mullins said she's thankful to everyone who showed their support at the race.
"I think it's really important for the community and East Tennessee to raise the money. I was lucky because mine was discovered in my normal mammogram and caught early. But there's a lot of women who either don't have insurance, or the funds to get a mammogram," said Mullins.
That's why organizers say 75 percent of what's raised stays local and helps provide free mammograms to those in need.
"Until we find a cure, screening is the only way we're going to be able to save lives," said Jane Brannon, executive director of the race.
Rita Wheeler's breast cancer was also caught during a mammogram.
"Well, I'm a breast cancer survivor of five years. I supported this and walked before I was diagnosed and I think it's very important to bring awareness," said Wheeler.
The race also remembered those who have died from the disease - and those currently battling it.
"My mom passed away from breast cancer about 19 years ago. She was 54 years old. And the anniversary of her death is actually tomorrow, so it's near and dear to my heart," said Eileen Menestrinna.
"Kinda hits home personally - my grandmother when I was 12 passed away from breast cancer, so we're out here in memory of her as well as we have employees whose family members have been affected by breast cancer as well," said Steven Hall.
The exact amount raised hasn't been calculated yet, but last year, the race raised $845,000.