Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
A group called Teens for the Cure is volunteering to help with the Denton Race for the Cure while raising awareness and money for breast cancer research.
The Denton Race for the Cure takes off Saturday morning, and this year, a group of North Texas teenagers are playing a big role in the race. A group called Teens for the Cure is stepping up for breast cancer awareness.
Cecilia Goss is on of the teen volunteers. The 16-year-old remembers when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"She is my best friend. She's my confidant. I tell her everything," Cecilia said. "To think about my best friend having breast cancer, it's heart breaking."
Cecilia said it was difficult as a teenage girl to watch her mother battle the disease; however, they supported each other. Her mom, Britainy, is now a survivor.
"She motivated me to fight harder. The last thing I would want to do is leave her," Britainy said.
The two have teamed up to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Britainy is a sponsor and Cecilia is a volunteer for North Texas Teens for a Cure.
"The group organizes different fundraising and service activities in their communities and their school," Britainy said.
Matthew Laux is one of 20 teen volunteers and said breast cancer hits close to home.
"There have been a couple of people in my family that have been survivors of breast cancer," Laux said.
This week, the group is helping with the Denton Race for the Cure. Thursday night, they organized race packets at the Golden Triangle Mall.
"It's just important to know that you are making a difference," Laux said.
They are using their experiences to raise awareness in a new generation.
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