Race for the Cure featured Olympic champion
Jun 14, 2011
Nastia Liukin, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was one of the participants of the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure this year, according to the Star Tribune.
"Breast cancer is a disease that affects so many people, and I think it's important to raise awareness anytime we can. Being able to walk ...and help draw attention to the fight against breast cancer is a great way to give back and get the gymnastics community involved in the fight," said Liukin.
Liukin, whose parents are also gymnasts and helped to train her for the Olympics, won 5 medals in Beijing. She was one of the many participants at the event, which was held at the Mall of America.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. One in every eight women will have the disease in her lifetime, reports the ACS.