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Komen Charlotte 2016 draws thousands

(John Carter | WBTV) (John Carter | WBTV)

Komen Race for the Cure kicked off Saturday morning in uptown Charlotte, drawing thousands of people.

The race started in 1996 with three women trying to organize a grass-roots race.

Over the past 19 years, Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure has raised over $25 million. Saturday's race is expected to raise more than a million dollars to help women who are fighting. The funds also support early detection to the uninsured and underinsured, and or course, to help find a cure.

About 75 percent of the funds raised stays in the Charlotte community. The funds go into grants and programs for the underinsured and things like free mammograms. 

The other 25 percent of the funds goes to the National Komen office for research and education. 

The competitive run started at 7:15 a.m. and the big walk/run started at 7:45 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., more than 1,000 women will meet for an emotional, powerful Survivor Ceremony in Marshall Park. In total, around 17,000 people participated in this year's Komen Race. 

Komen is one of the top 15 races in the world, and WBTV Team Molly is the largest team. Around 320 people, 35 being survivors, make up Molly's Komen Charlotte team.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the largest breast cancer organization in the world.

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