AMHERST, NY- Rain or shine, thousands of Western New Yorkers will be walking with a purpose Saturday as they take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It's an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research, celebrate survivors, and pay tribute to those who have lost their battle.
Deanne Tripi of Amherst has been part of the Race for the Cure since its inception.
"I would run just a single person without a team and every year I was so inspired to see all the women wearing pink t-shirts which symbolized survivors," said Tripi.
She never imagined the cause would hit so close to home. Deanne's sister, Claudia Tripi Sanger, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 42.
Claudia was a wife and mother of three children, one with special needs. As her disease progressed, Deanne formed a Race for the Cure team called Claudia's Crew to keep her sister's spirits up.