UConn’s Ollie ‘Races for the Cure’ to honor his mom in Hartford

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Hartford -- More than 3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in our state. But Susan Komen Connecticut is fighting the fight.

The organization raises more than a million dollars annually for research and treatment and this weekend was their biggest fundraiser—The Race for the Cure in Bushnell Park.

The turn-out is always massive and the stories you hear at the race can make you cry, can give you hope.

Before the crowd took off, we met “the sole sisters.”

Jayne Mcmurdy and Jodi Lussier have a history of breast cancer in the family and they lost their sister Jude to the disease last year.

Honorary chair of the 2015 race for the cure, UConn Mens Basketball coach Kevin Ollie had some words during the opening ceremony. His mother was diagnosed in 2013, in the middle of a Huskies winning streak, and she didn’t want to tell him right away.

When you ask family members how the Race for the Cure makes them feel, it’s a mixed bag, being around so many others in the same situation is inspiring, but there’s a sadness-- because for some, they can only fight so long.

There’s also an impactful reminder at the event each year, for women to self-examine, get the screenings and be informed.