Close to 3,000 runners and walkers laced up for the Pounding the Pavement for Pink 5K in Seymour on Saturday morning. The annual event has grown over the years, celebrating survivors and taking the fight against breast cancer to new heights.
“The world needs goodness,” said Mary Deming, Founder and President of Seymour Pink. “It needs kindness and today is a concentrated dose of that.”
Jessica Barry ran in honor of her mother who passed away four years ago.
“My mom was a breast cancer supporter before she was diagnosed,” explained Barry. “We had no family history. She got diagnosed and had stage 4 cancer.”
Organized by Seymour Pink, the run has raised almost $2 million over the year, supporting Connecticut patients and their families.
“This is a journey that I never had anticipated, and it’s because of Seymour Pink this journey has been easy to go through,” said Pamela Maher, a breast cancer survivor.
Maher was diagnosed four years ago.
“This here is a family and that to me, you can’t ask for a better way of life than to have this many people impact who you are, what you are,” said Maher. “There’s no judgment.”
Deming, who lost her mother to the disease more than 40 years ago, said this is what she was meant to do. She has grown the race from about 300 the first year.
“This is bigger than me. This is bigger than my mom. This is about a community in need and the rest is history.”