Sea of pink floods LSU for Race for the Cure

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- It is popular for participants of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to wear costume accessories. Shane "Spanky" Torres, left, Rachel Guedry, and Javier Pallais sport giant pink wigs for the run on Saturday on Nicholson Extension in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Cancer survivor Melanie Rome is greeted by bystanders as she finishes the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday on Nicholson Extension in Baton Rouge. Rome said she was running for herself as well as her mother, who died of cancer at 56. Rome said the race is a tradition for her family, whose support she could not have done without.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Thousands attended the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday on Nicholson Extension in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Runners start their stopwatches as they take off for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday on Nicholson Extension.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Runners come in to the finish line of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday on Nicholson Extension in Baton Rouge.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Twelve year cancer survivor Shelia Prophit, left, embraces cancer patient Ida Goad as Goad finishes the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday on Nicholson Extension in Baton Rouge. Goad had surgery in November and is halfway through her chemotherapy treatment. Prophit said survivors share an emotional bond, and that cancer doesn't' just happen to the patient, "It happens to the whole family."