When she first started going to the Race for the Cure, Laura Loughridge said it was a way to connect with her young daughter, Anna.

"She was barely old enough to sit up," Loughridge said, "I pushed her in one of those big, red Tyco cars and we’ve been going ever since."

Anna is 13 and attends Maumelle Middle School now and it "has probably been 12 years," of going to the race.

Things changed for Loughridge though.

"It has now become something that is two-fold," she said of her involvement with the race as some of her friends were diagnosed with breast cancer.

"I’m involved with the Poets Roundtable of Arkansas," she said, "and I attend the race to support my two poet friends."

— Jeremy Peppas