Thousands gathered on Eakins Oval Mother’s Day for the 27th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Families and friends gathered to walk or run, celebrating breast cancer survivors and honoring loved ones lost to the disease.

The race traces its roots to a promise that Nancy Brinker made to her dying sister, Susan Komen, in 1980. After a 3-year battle with breast cancer, Komen succumbed at age 36.

Brinker promised she would do everything she could to end the suffering and social stigma caused by this disease. She founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982. The first Race for the Cure was held a year later in Dallas, drawing 800 runners.

The Philadelphia race, one of the oldest in the Race for the Cure series, raises approximately $2 million annually for breast cancer education, research, and social services throughout the region.