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Race for a Cure: Team Terri

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

You can expect a sea of pink in downtown Savannah Saturday morning as hundreds of runners and walkers hit the streets for the Komen Savannah Race for a Cure.  

It's all about raising awareness for breast cancer and money for the fight against a disease that affects one in eight women. WTOC's Russ Riesinger talked to members of one team about the very personal reason why they are taking part.

When the horn sounds and hundreds of pink-clad runners hit the streets of Savannah for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, they will all be running for a good reason. Nearly everyone knows someone whose life has been changed by breast cancer. The disease affects one in eight women and took the love of Keith Lank’s life. 

“I want to honor Terri’s memory. I want everyone to know about Terri. I want to tell her story, and if her story or our story can help others, then it was all
worth it," Lank said. 

Keith’s wife, Terri Lank, was 36 when she discovered a lump and was diagnosed. The cancer went into remission, but after her second child was born in 2006, it came back with a vengeance. After a hard fight, Terri Lank died in 2011 at the age of 47.

“It is extremely difficult. It’s been a hard toll for my daughter and my son, as well as myself,” said Lank. It wasn’t just family that was hit hard by Terri’s death. It also took a toll on her friends who called her one of the most positive people they had ever known," he said. 

“When Terri passed away, we were just so grief-stricken. We had to put our grief and our energy into something, or else I think we would just crumble,” says Angie King.

That something turned out to be helping raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Team Terri has raised well over $100,000 for Komen since Terri’s death. It’s money that goes toward research and breast cancer screenings. 

“Each month, 12 women are diagnosed with late stage breast cancer in Coastal Georgia. The need is urgent. We need funds so that they are screened - screened early because that could save their lives,” says Komen of Coastal Georgia Executive Director, Aileen Gabbey.

While Terri’s friends and family wish more than anything that she could be here when they take to the streets in her honor, they will also take some consolation in knowing that what they are doing will make a difference. 

“That’s why we work so hard to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer, because if this would never happen again to another family - a mother, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a cousin - it would be awesome.”

You can still register at Ellis Square until 8 p.m. Friday, and also right up until race time Saturday morning. 

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