20,000 people gather for 20th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Every day is a gift. That's the motto shared by thousands of participants of the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

A mob of more than 20,000 racers met at Union Station on Sunday morning to raise money and share their journey.

The number of participants was overwhelming and their stories were heartbreaking.

"Currently it's in my bone and in my brain," Lisa Covington said.

Covington is a breast cancer survivor and has been fighting for her life for 12 years.  And like many other survivors at the Race for the Cure, she's not giving up.

"They told me in 2003 I had six to 12 months to live.  That was 10 years ago; they don't know what they're talking about. They don't know who they're messing with," she said.

The 44-year-old mother of two rode in the pace car this year dressed as the energizer bunny; because despite her stage four diagnosis she just keeps on going.

"The way I do it is live in the moment.  I live. Yesterday's gone, today is what you need to focus on.  Nobody knows what's going to happen tomorrow," Covington said.


Covington has the same resiliency shared by thousands of walkers and runners who participated in the 20th annual event-- including 41 Action News' Anchor Cynthia Newsome-- who's a two year survivor.

"I remember three years ago being in the pace car and this year I'm walking. Next year I'm going on record, I'm going to run.  I'm going to train to run because I think every year we get stronger and try to be an example as a survivor," Newsome said.

The two ladies proudly share their journey with breast cancer and their promise to count each and every day as a blessing.

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