By Al Novack, Al-Qumar Atkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There was a sea of pink on Eakins Oval Sunday morning as an estimated 30,000 people celebrated Mother’s Day in Philadelphia at the 23rd annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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Meteorologist Katie Fehlinger  invited viewers to sleep in as she ran in their places, while all the women of Eyewitness News spoke with survivors, fighters and supporters as they gathered on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Officials say it was one of the largest crowds in the event’s history.

More than 6,000 breast cancer survivors marched down the Museum steps to kick things off. Philadelphia resident Jeanette Simpson has spent the past 20 years telling her story of survival to inspire women.

“Universities, colleges, health care centers, we go to the postal service workers, union workers, and we talk about heath and breast awareness,” she said.

Race organizers believe they exceeded the fundraising goal of $3-million dollars for breast cancer research and education programs.

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