The 18th annual Moms on the Run brought thousands to Foster Field in Reno to show their support for loved ones who are battling and have battled cancer, and to help raise money for Moms on the Run.

The local non-profit spends all proceeds on women in Northern Nevada fighting breast and gynecological cancer,. The money helps make ends meet while they fight for their lives.

"We pay for rent, utilities, mortgage, anything they need while they're going through treatment,"  said Jillian Pinocchio, board member for Moms on the Run. "Moms on the Run is there to ease that financial strain from them."

Teri Troke is a breast cancer survivor. She had surgery and underwent chemotherapy after getting diagnosed during her annual mammogram. As of last Friday, scans show Teri is cancer-free. She says Moms on the Run was a great help not just financially, but with emotional support as well. 

"They helped you with people talking to you," Teri said. 
Teri stresses the importance of getting annual check ups, and says luckily her cancer was caught during stage one.
"I had triple negative, which is high aggressive and fast growing," said Terri. "If I would've waited even another, I don't know how long... it could have been deadly."
Along with the run, there was a silent auction to help raise money. There was also a special kind of donation.
"I cut my hair because I have a lot of it," said Rachel Walker, a student at Damonte Ranch High School. "It'll grow back quickly, and some people don't have that option."
Walker says she did not plan of getting her hair when she arrived at the run this morning. Instead, she figured she had to do something after thinking about the difficulties of fighting such a nasty disease. Pinocchio feels it's that kind of generosity that keeps her going.
"My dad would always say it's not what you get it's what you give," Pinocchio said.
"They help more than you know," Teri said. "It's incredible."