BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — Thousands of people are taking part in the 20th annual Susan G. Koman run, fighting breast cancer this beautiful Sunday, at the Mall of America.

Some make the annual run a family event like Larry of Shoreview, who’s supporting his wife. She was out supporting her sister and mother — both survivors of breast cancer.

“I’m along for the ride, but it is a good ride,” Larry said, as his wife Judy explained why their family has made this an annual event.

“I am walking for my mom, Marlene, and my sister, Debbie, who are breast cancer survivors. They are doing great and we are happy for that, but we also have a dear friend who recently died of breast cancer so we are walking for all of them,” Judy said.

The famous 5K run drew those who were more athletically inclined. But for the many more who wanted to support the cause, there were less strenuous activities, such as the 5K non-competitive walk and 1K walk inside the mall.

“I’m very excited, but I’ll be walking today, supporting my future sister-in-law, who has breast cancer,” said Jennifer, of Minneapolis.

That is one of the charms of the annual Koman event that jumps out at you — the warm feeling of sisterhood or of family as people who don’t even suffer from the disease are on-hand in droves, happily supporting those who do.