LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 142 breast and ovarian cancer survivors who will participate in the 2016 Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade were announced on Wednesday.
The complete list of survivors, who were selected from across the country to walk on Churchill Downs' historic racetrack immediately prior to the 142nd running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6, can be found by clicking here.
This year's parade participants were selected through an online process in which the public nominated and selected the individuals to champion breast and ovarian cancer awareness in this year's Survivor's Parade. According to a news release from Churchill Downs, more than 500 survivors were nominated from across the U.S. and Canada. The 142 survivors are from cities such as Fort Worth, TX; New Orleans, LA; Pittsburgh, PA; Greenville, RI; Lincoln Park, MI; Estes Park, CO; Palm City, FL; Scottsdale, AZ; Dorchester, MA; Shallow Lake Ontario; and Louisville, KY.
The public may read the survivors' stories and make donations to Bright Pink, a national breast and ovarian cancer organization, through May 8, 2016 by clicking here.
"Churchill Downs is excited to welcome the survivors in this year's Parade," Churchill Downs General Manager Ryan Jordan said. "This will be the eighth year that we have banded together with survivors, our partners and our fans in an effort to make a real difference in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer."
The Survivors Parade is part of Churchill Downs' Longines Kentucky Oaks eighth annual Pink Out, during which the track conducts fundraising, provides outreach and drives national breast and ovarian health awareness. Churchill Downs has donated more than $740,000 to breast cancer organizations through the Pink Out celebration during the past seven years.