Last Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets of Portland to show support for breast cancer victims in the city’s Race for the Cure.

One participant, Adrienne San Nicolas, joined the race to celebrate her own recovery from the disease: “It’s a celebration for me that another year has gone and we’re still here,” she explained.

San Nicolas received her diagnosis in 2015, at age 34. At the time, she told KOIN reporters, she struggled to accept the news about her disease: “It’s really difficult to talk about the emotions that you feel when you are told that you have cancer.”

However, San Nicolas has been free from breast cancer for two years, and now feels optimistic about finding a cure for other victims. The support she received from her doctor, friends and family during Sunday’s race is “a sign of hope that together, one day we are going to be able to get rid of this ugly disease and eliminate it from ruining people’s lives.”

To learn more about Race for the Cure, click here.

Nicholas Comerchero is a junior at Corban University, where he plans to complete his undergraduate degree in political science. Nicholas enjoys thinking, writing, and speaking about public policy and economics.