Thousands race for a cure for breast cancer in Boise

May 11, 2013 

— About 12,200 people walked or ran — or were pushed in wheelchairs — to participate in Boise’s 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday along ParkCenter Boulevard.

The number was about 2,500 more than last year, according to Executive Director Hilarie Engle.

“We’re so excited. People are excited," she said.

The 5K and one-mile fun/walk raised $109,000 so far (and donations are accepted through May 31 at for awareness, education, early detection of breast cancer, as well as research.

The family of Ilene Tonkin, who died in 1994, was among the participants. Ilene’s daughters now bring their own children in memory of their grandmother.

“Especially (to see) the survivors, to see how far they’ve come,” says Katie Thompson, one of Ilene’s daughters, still getting emotional. “The treatment has improved since 1994 — and the support. It seems my mom didn’t have this kind of support. It’s awesome.”

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