Breast cancer survivor Julie Hahn becomes "Warrior Chief" for Komen Race for the Cure sponsored by Kohl's

NOW: Breast cancer survivor Julie Hahn becomes “Warrior Chief“ for Komen Race for the Cure sponsored by Kohl’s

We are looking ahead to the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that is Sunday, September 24th along Milwaukee's lakefront.

CBS 58 News is a proud media partner and recently visited with one of the top fundraisers on the news at 4.

Julie Hahn is a breast cancer survivor who says her involvement with Komen actually began after her own battle.

She wanted to pay it forward, realizing that not all women have the emotional and financial support that she did after he diagnosis in 2013.

"I had so much support and love while I was going through my cancer treatment. I just wanted to do something for other women."

Hahn will be dedicating her efforts this year to her older sister who had been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time, even after having a double mastectomy.

"16 years later she was diagnosed again. That was just last year."

And yet Hahn says she is more optimistic than ever before that there will be a cure and fulfilling Komen's mission to wipe breast cancer off the face of the earth.

"They're making paces every day further and further in research and treatment. Back in the day when chemo made you feel so bad, now they have more targeted treatments."

Hahn has raised some $30,000 already and has taken on the nickname of "Warrior Chief."

"When you're going through breast cancer, you feel like you're in the battle of your life," Hahn explained. "When I started raising funds for Susan G. Komen I wanted to take on this warrior chief persona because anybody can do it. I've been a warrior when it comes to raising money."

Komen Race for the Cure starts at the Milwaukee Art Museum with registration at 7 a.m. and special opening ceremony at 8:45.

There will be times to pay tribute to family members who have departed, but also celebrate this collective effort to improve the quality of life for those in our community.

The outfits participants wear also get really creative. It makes for a great spectator sport if you want come to just cheer the teams on and make a donation.

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