An air horn marks the start of a day aimed at fighting breast cancer. Supporters and survivors, like Michelle Huff, came to City Park to take part in the Susan G. Komen "Race for a Cure" 5K and to share their stories.
Huff was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She started running after she finished radiation treatment, and she hasn't stopped since.
"It all happened really fast. I had a lumpectomy and radiation," explained Huff. "I do get really emotional seeing all the signs and 'in memory of' signs. It's is very inspiring and uplifting for us survivors."
Men, women and children from all walks of life came together to celebrate and save lives Saturday morning. Organizers say the race gets bigger every year; this year more than 12,000 people registered.
"It means that people are really paying attention to what's going on," said Serina Phoenix with the Run for the Cure Committee. "They really want to come out and support their colleagues, friends and family who may have suffered through this."
So far, the race has raised more than $600,000. That money stays in New Orleans to help fight the disease.
"We're still here," said Cynthia Jasper, another survivor. "It's a long road, but it's great being with people who have been along the same journey as me."
"Survivorship is hard," says Huff. "We deal with the fact it can come back at any time."
Saturday's race tells survivors, like Jasper and Huff that they are not alone. Organizers say each day is another step closer to a cure for a disease that's impacted so many.
"We're reminded to live everyday to the fullest," said Huff.