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Donna and Kaitlyn Bovee will be in Bushnell Park Saturday for the Komen CT Race for the Cure. (WFSB photo) Donna and Kaitlyn Bovee will be in Bushnell Park Saturday for the Komen CT Race for the Cure. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Bushnell Park will be packed with pink on Saturday for Komen Connecticut's Race for the Cure.

Behind most of the people running are stories of fights for survival.

One story is from Donna and Kaitlyn Bovee, whose outfits are often pink.

Donna Bovee said she's an active wife and mother of two with a bustling social life. Donna Bovee was just diagnosed with breast cancer three months ago.

Overwhelmed, but ready to fight, Donna Bovee jumped right into treatment.

"We moved very quickly," she told Eyewitness News. "A week after I was diagnosed, I was having my first round of chemo."

She hasn't been fighting alone.

The same week, her daughters Courtney and Kaitlyn, created a website to raise money for this year's Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure in Hartford.

"You're all in it together," said Kaitlyn Bovee. "One person is going through the treatment, but if you're strong for the family member or friend going through it, you're all fighting it together."

Saturday, there will be thousands fighting together at Bushnell Park.

Donna Bovee's team, "Saving Mama's Ta-Tas," flew right past its initial goal of $5,000. It's now up to nearly $19,000.

Donna Bovee said three things have helped her through the first round of chemotherapy.

"I have faith in God," she said. "I have a wonderful family, nobody has any better. And I have a the best group of friends surrounding me. And my hope is all of us get infectious and we're able to give that love to other people because some people just don't have the support."

Even with the support, Donna Bovee still had some fighting left to do.

After this round of chemo, she said she's planning for a double mastectomy. That will be followed by more chemotherapy and radiation.

She'll be doing that all while working full time.

"I always knew she was strong, but you see a whole different side of her," said Kaitlyn Bovee. "I mean, no one knows how they're going to handle a situation like this until it happens and so she's just been more of an inspiration. I mean, she's been our role model our whole life so she's just showing it more and more."

The Bovees said they won't rest until everyone is rid of the disease.

"Working together, we're gonna cure this thing," Donna Bovee said.

For more information on the race, click here.

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