Cancer survivors get special moment at Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Oak's Survivors Parade
On Oaks Day, 145 women women who’ve beat breast or ovarian cancer march in the Survivor’s Parade. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

For more than a decade now, Kentucky Oaks Day goes all pink at Churchill Downs in honor of cancer survivors.

One dollar from every lily cocktail sold at the track on Friday goes to Derby Divas.

A highlight of the day for many is when 145 women who’ve beat breast or ovarian cancer take part in the annual Survivors Parade.

This year, the experience brought one Louisville woman to tears.

Cathy Shircliffe
Cathy has been cancer free since 2013. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

“It was just emotional,” survivor Cathy Shircliffe said. “It meant so much to see everyone and it just raises awareness and its just so, so overwhelming that everyone cares this much to do something so special.”

We’re happy to report Cathy has been cancer free since January 2013.

At the end of the parade, all 145 survivors posed together for a group photo.

Survivor's Parade picture
The Survivors Parade is an annual tradition. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

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