Sara Story, NBC 5 News
The Race for the Cure is being hosted in Denton for the first time, and for one Denton woman the race carries special meaning.
Another North Texas city will be racing for the cure this weekend.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is being hosted in Denton for the first time.
"I think we have tapped an untapped market here in Denton," said Mary Frances Hoover, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure North Texas.
Breast cancer survivor Bethany Winsor said she is thrilled the race will be in her hometown Saturday.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at age 27 and was treated in Denton.
"I think everyone wonders initially, 'Why me?' But, why not me?" Winsor said. "People with cancer are usually thought of as older or pediatrics. I was in graduate school and just really starting out my life."
Today, she is cancer-free. Winsor said early detection saved her life and credits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation for that awareness.
"It's not the big 'C' word anymore," Winsor said. "When my grandmother was young, people didn't speak about cancer. I think Komen has done so much; it's indescribable."
She will be surrounded by thousands of women supporting the cause on Saturday. The majority of the money raised will go back to the North Texas breast cancer community.
"Up to 75 percent of net proceeds that we raise through the course of the year stays locally," Hoover said.
"It was a good moment to know that finally in my community, we were going to come together," Winsor said.