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Thousands turn out at MN breast cancer event

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- About 50,000 people converged at the Mall of America on Sunday to raise money for breast cancer research and programs. This marks the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure. Last year, about 50,000 men...

Race for the Cure
At the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, breast cancer survivors have their picture taken in the rotunda at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn, Sunday. After the group picture, they saw pink ribbons fall from the ceiling. Approximately 45,000 people signed up to walk, run to raise money for breast cancer research. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii)

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) -- About 50,000 people converged at the Mall of America on Sunday to raise money for breast cancer research and programs.

This marks the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure. Last year, about 50,000 men, women and children participated in the 5K, held in Bloomington on Mother's Day.

Organizers say the event raises money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates cancer survivors and honors those who have died from the disease. This year's event raised about $2.5 million.

Organizers say 75 percent of money raised at the Twin Cities event will stay in Minnesota to help uninsured and underinsured women fight breast cancer. The rest goes toward breast cancer research programs.

Event organizers say that 3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Minnesota every year and nearly 200,000 are diagnosed nationwide.

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