Racing in pink to fight breast cancer

By Kevin Clark
By Perry Russom

September 28, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 160 people ran in pink Saturday morning in Ostiningo Park for the 2nd Annual Pink Dress 5K.

The event raised money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and was organized locally.

"We've got people from Corning, we've got people from Horseheads, Sayre, Pa., up towards Norwich," said Peg Blackman, one of the event's organizers. "People are coming from all over."

The National Cancer Society Institute reports more than 12 percent of women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

"Everybody we know knows somebody who's been personally touched by cancer," said Bill Howland of Johnson City.

For Howland, the issue is close to his heart.

"I'm gonna be thinking about friends and family of people who have cancer, or that I know have had cancer, or been taken from us," he said. "I'm gonna be thinking about them and what a beautiful day it is and how lucky am not to have it."

The 5k is only in its second year, but the number of runners and walkers doubled in size from last year.