Thousands march in annual Gloria Gemma 5K in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Thousands turned out to Sunday’s annual Gloria Gemma 5K road race in Providence.

The event works to raise funds as well as awareness each October for those affected by breast cancer.

Ben Warr, a student from Bishop Hendricken High School, told ABC 6 News that he’s run the race every year since he was in fourth grade.

“I love standing by the finish cheering on my friends my mom is still running it a few friends are running it too so we’re cheering them on as they go,” he said.

The 5K road race is part of the Flames of Hope Celebration this week. All proceeds go towards the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, which helps to support patients throughout Southern New England.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in every eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Anyone looking to donate to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation can do so here.

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