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er who raced Saturday for the eighth time was Camron Emery, 15. Emery organized about 20 friends and family members to run with him and raised about $1,400 for the Komen foundation. He said his grandmother, aunt and godmother have all died from the disease. One of the youngest entrants was 3-year-old Luke Amble, who entered the 1K children's run wearing a race T-shirt that came down to his shoe tops, much like a full-length dress. He started out holding a stroller but finished unassisted.

Luke was too shy to talk about his feat afterward but his older sister, Taylor Amble, 7, said she was completely out of breath by the end. "I was one of the first people to cross the finish line," Taylor said proudly. "I was really near the front." The children were there with their great-auntie Teek, Auntie Carol and Grandma Terry. Grandma Terry Amble said her own grandmother died from breast cancer and her mother from lymphatic cancer, or Hodgkin's disease.

Lynn Hagerman, executive director of the Komen foundation's Puget Sound affiliate, said Saturday's run is expected to raise about $1.8 million. She said race-day expenses will account for about 16 percent of that total. Of the remainder, about three-quarters will go toward local breast-cancer screening, treatment and education and one-quarter toward national research.


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