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Mar 21, 2010 12:09 AM by Melissa Hawkes

11th Annual Race for the Cure

Girard Park was taken over today by more than 10,000 Komen supporters. All with the same mission…to raise awareness about breast cancer.

"I was told that I did and I've been doing well ever since,” Sharen Comeaux said. “I went through chemo, radiation and continued to work."

Four year survivor, Comeaux, says the never gave up fighting.

"If your mind is strong you are going to survive," Comeaux said.

"I try to focus on today and tomorrow."

Breast cancer doesn’t just affect women, it also affects men. One cancer survivor, Mark Goldstein said, he’s been in more than 200 races.

"It's just as tragic for a man to develop breast cancer as it is for a woman," Goldstein said.

Today’s race makes number 202 for Goldstein. He started racing after being diagnosed in 1988.

"Men should not die of breast cancer out of ignorance," he said.

Almost 2,000 men were diagnosed last year. Goldstein’s message to men…don’t put off a doctor’s visit.

"I never thought for one moment that a man could develop breast cancer," he said.

Some of the racers at the Acadiana Race for the Cure have survived for more than 25 years and are still going strong.

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