Eyewitness News at 7:00; October 27, 2012

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This is eyewitness news at 6.
Good evening and thanks for joining us. I'm Candace Adorka.

 

All month Central Georgians have been going pink to raise awareness and funding for Breast Cancer research.
It all came to a head at North Peach Park in Byron this morning.
Austin Lewis reports the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure drew out a couple thousand people this year.
And they're off...men, women and children....race for a cure.
Feet pound on the pavement...with the same fervor...as cheerleaders on the sidelines.
<Sharon DeMille, Macon: Even if they're passing you, they're like keep going you can do it, everybody is cheering each other. >
About 2-thousand people descended upon North Peach Park in Byron..in the Susan Komen's Race for a Cure.
Runners say...what keeps them going on this 5-K is the great cause.
<Jillian Farmer, Perry:I feel better paying for a race when the money goes to something that's important like this. >
But the heart of the race...is those who beat it..200 of these pink warriors were honored...for making it through...and standing proudly as a survivor.
<Sharon DeMille, Macon: Obviously I am very happy and I do feel very strong I can't believe that I went through that but when you're out here with other people you realize how many people are fighting and doing it. And it's a good sense of comaraderie. >
< Mary Lowe, Macon: Because there is a lot of people all over with cancer and I think they come out to support and let everybody know that they care. >
What brought the DeMille family out here..is Sharon, a nine year survivor. Sharon's daughter...Carson says while the run wasn't easy..
<Carson DeMille, Macon: It was okay there was a few tough hills in there but overall it was a pretty good run. >
what kept her feet on the ground was her mother.
<Carson DeMille, Macon: It's a big deal to survive and it's like a good celebration once a year you want to celebrate, all the time you want to celebrate but it's like a big celebrating once a year you see everyone that survives and you can remember people who didn't. >
At this race...winning...isn't about your time...or crossing the finish line first
it's about the cheers you gain along the way...every step taken to fight breast cancer.
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

 

Race for the cure wasn't the only game in town this morning-- Hundreds of runners donned their Halloween best in the Jay's Hope 5-k.
About 600 costumed runners ...young and old... made it through the finish line at Bass Pro Shop in North Macon. The race is in its 7th year, and like every other year, the proceeds go to help children and families battling cancer. It was all about camaraderie for Stephanie Byars (BUY-ARS). She ran for her little cousin...Kade Howard who was diagnosed with cancer in August.
<i'm super excited and i'm so excited to see so many people here supporting the families with the kids with cancer. It's really emotional>
Organizers say the race was a success because this year had double the participants as last year.

 

13 WMAZ teams were at both events-- Jay's Hope and the Komen Race-- as part of Make a difference day.
13WMAZ gave away children's books on this day dedicated to volunteering.
Young central georgians got a variety of books including Interrupting Chicken, the giving tree, and Polar Bear Polar Polar Bear.
The 13WMAZ team passed out the free books to emphasize the importance of reading at a young age.
<we saw it on the news this morning, they were having a book giveaway. I knew my daughter just loves books and we saw it was for race for the cure, a great cause for cancer. My mom had cancer a few years back so we really wanted to come out and support that>
The books were a hot item at the races-- almost all the books we had were given away.

 

African-American leaders from around the state gathered in Macon.
This year's theme -- "turn out the vote." The event featured speakers including former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and Joseph Lowery... a civil rights icon who worked with Martin Luther King. He also delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration.
The speakers made the point that new voter ID rules and other policies have erased some of the progress civil rights leaders fought for.
<we still must fight for what is right ... We still must bring about the Civil Rights implementation of programs that Dr. King and others like Dr. Lowery and Ednor Young and working today to maintain those particular issues and make sure that our people are treated fairly.>
Mount Olive Baptist Church was chosen for the event because of its role in the Macon bus boycotts of the 1960's, and was also featured in a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
<we still must fight for what is right ... We still must bring about the Civil Rights implementation of programs that Dr. King and others like Dr. Lowery and Ednor Young and working today to maintain those particular issues and make sure that our people are treated fairly.>
Mount Olive Baptist Church was chosen for the event because of its role in the Macon bus boycotts of the 1960's, and was also featured in a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Today is the last Saturday to vote early before the November 6th election.
And hundreds lined up at the Board of Elections in Macon. People in the front of line said they waited for more than 45 minutes to cast their ballots. Election officials say while the turnout was high, it was comparable to early voting in 2008. Still, some of those we spoke with said the long lines don't beat the convenience of Saturday voting.
<you know for those people who cant get here during the week, Saturday voting is a good thing>
<if I didn't have early voting, I don't know what I'd do ... I'd probably just not take my trip out of town. >
< So I thought I got some time on Saturday and I'd go ahead and take care of it so its very important that we vote.>
If you didn't hit the polls today, not to worry--- early voting continues all of next week, and of course, at your polling place on November 6th.

 

 

Bambi takes a break inside a Jackson Mississippi..business.
Yes..that's a deer jumping onto cabinets inside the break room....
The animal is seen thrashing around..knocking over tables and chairs in an attempt..to escape...
Employees locked the deer in the room until animal control officers got there..
They caught it and led it out of the breakroom...where it was released outside..

 

Thanks for joining us for this late edition of Eyewitness News at 6...
Remember the news is always on at 13 WMAZ dot com...
Have a great evening.

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