2018 EFY Race raises more than $450,000

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- More than 15,000 fought breast cancer with their tennis shoes, Sunday morning. It was the 28th annual "Especially for You" breast cancer walk.

Thousands march in the wet and cold for 2018's Especially for You race to fight breast cancer. (Randy Dirks/KCRG)

The 5K run, walk and one-mile family walk ended in Newbo with music, food, and pictures.

It's grown a lot since '91 when just over a thousand people showed up.

Especially for You started in honor of Sandy Knight, a General Mills employee who died that year. Knight's sister, Cindy Young, said the event has helped her heal throughout the years.

"When you're a breast cancer survivor, there's definitely a connection," said Young. "There's going to be someone who you can talk to that has gone through the same treatment or experiences that you've gone through. It's an emotional rollercoaster."

Over the last decade, the event has helped more than 6,400 people by providing money for things like PET scans, mammograms or counseling.

This year's race raised more than $452,000 in registration fees.