Mar 18, 2011 2:01 PM by Jenise Fernandez

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Kicks Off Tomorrow

"It was tough, but she did extremely well and has so much support from all her friends."
Rachel Dugas can't help but get emotional when she talks about her sister Jessica. Jessica is a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission for four years. That's why Dugas created a team called the "Bodacious Bozies" that will participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
"Bodacious because she is and Bozie is her nickname. We just love her so we're going out to support her,"she said.
Dugas is one of almost 10,000 who'll run and walk in the race tomorrow. People were in and out of the Crown Room on Johnston Street all morning gearing up for the race. People were registering, collecting their packets, and buying merchandise.
For breast cancer survivor Mary Ortego-- participating in the walk is something she's doing to show appreciation for her daughter
"She was my driver because for two months I couldn't do anything. I was terribly sick,"said Ortego.
This is Komen Acadiana's 14th year and 75 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit the community and go toward organizations for screenings, treatment, and reduction of breast cancer.
"It's just an amazing, amazing feeling and when you see all the survivors it just gives you so much hope," said Dugas.


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