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TAPinto Sponsors Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park

Martina McBride sings" I'm Gonna Love You Through It" Credits: You tube
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Liberty State Park, near Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty sunday morning. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Fight like a girl. Act like a man. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Danny, Maureen and Fred of TAPinto, a Platinum Sponsor of the Komen event. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
A group of women from Spain came to represent their family members in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
No one fights alone, says this family at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The crew representing Shop-Rite provided fresh fruit to those attending. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Smiling faces near Lady liberty this morning. Be bold. Be fearless. Be more. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
In case you needed a reminder... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
A smile from the Jersey City Medical Center... Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Men are in this fight, too. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The Summit Medical Group supports the Race for the Cure Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Care Point Health was their to represent for patients and their families. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Fighting cancer involves the whole family. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Malik, Fred, and Danny from TAPinto with Anthony Johnson from Eyewitness News. Journalists for the cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Liberty cheerleaders strike a pose. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Barking for the cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The winners of the actual Race for the Cure Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The North Jersey Bank of America team is proud of the first-place winner Chanan Margolis.
Puppy love helps, too, in the Race for the Cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The winner of the 2018 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Chanan Margolis! Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The line outside the TAPinto tent as survivors have professional photos taken. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Start kids early in caring for others. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Jersey City's 49th Mayor Steven Fulop begins the procession of breast cancer survivors at the second annual event in the park. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Hundred of breast cancer survivors gather onstage to celebrate their victory over the disease. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
A soulful rendition of "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Jersey City's St. Dominic's Dominoes brought tears to the survivors and the audience. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Her battle is my battle. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Mayor Steven Fulop and newsman Anthony Johnson share some joy with the survivors. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Kelly Nagel of Susan G. Komen of North Jersey discusses the group's focus moving forward. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Louis LaSalle of RWJBarnabas Health and MaryEllen Clyne of Clara MaassMedical Center celebrate survival and support the science and medicine behind a cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Mayor Fulop cuts the ribbon to start the final walk of the day. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Some reasons to fight for a cure. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The support crew from American Airlines, an event sponsor, and the Statue of Liberty are all standing up for something important. Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Running Late performed during the Susan G. Komen walk Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Jersey City's bravest were on hand to support the event Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
The band Running Late rocked the event Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick
Celebrating pink with hearts and roses Credits: TAPinto East Brunswick

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite the cloudy morning, Jersey City's Liberty State Park was blooming in pink as hundreds of survivors, friends, families, and sponsors attended Susan G. Komen of North Jersey's Race for the Cure.  The explosion of color represented the hope and determination to celebrate those who have fought the disease and the science and energy behind the search for both better treatment and a cure.

This was the second year that the event was held at the park where the buildings of Ellis Island and the lamp of the Statue of Liberty create a background of of American confidence and inspiration.  Mayor Steven Fulop said, "It's great to have you here in Jersey City, and we are glad to partner with Susan G. Komen."  Fulop carried the banner for the Survivors' Parade and cut the ribbon for the final walk of the day. Participants trod the walkways of the historic location, cheered on from the sidelines by friends.

Survivors were welcomed to a hearty breakfast and some raffle prizes.  North Jersey hospitals and health organizations also distributed "careware" for supporters in the fight against breast cancer along with some treatment information.  Vendors and sponsors hosted booths and treated runners and walkers to food and drinks for free. 

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The Master of Ceremonies was Anthony Johnson of WABC's Eyewitness News who moved briskly through announcements of winners and the introduction of speakers and musicians to keep up the lively pace of the day.

Chanan Margolis, a member of a large team of runners representing corporate sponsor the Bank of America, won first place in the run overall.

Mayor Fulop then led the Survivors' Parade, a group of female and male breast cancer survivors, who assembled onstage to celebrate their months, years or decades of living cancer-free. Jersey City's St. Dominic's Dominoes, a renowned vocal group that has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Vatican, sang for the survivors and those who supported them.  The rendition of "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," originally performed by Martina McBride.

Kelly Nagle, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen of North Jersey took the mike to let survivors know that the Affiliate is here for everyone:  survivors whose breast cancer journey is now, hopefully behind them; those who are newly-diagnosed, or still in treatment; and those who are stage 4/metastatic and will be fighting this disease every day of their lives."

She continued, "We want to send a message of hope, for new treatments and hopefully the cures. We have set a bold, ambitious goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. We will do this by insuring that everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, has access to and utilizes high-quality breast cancer care. Because where you live, shouldn't determine whether you live.  And we will also increase funding for research targeted at the most lethal and aggressive forms of breast cancer." 

The event concluded as hundreds joined in a walk around Liberty State Park and a rocking serenade by Running Late, who arrived just in time for a raucous sendoff.

*TAPinto was Platinum-Level sponsor of this event, continuing this news outlet's support of the Race for the Cure.

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