Countdown is on for Race for the Cure

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - Amber Heyward was a senior in high school when she lost her mother to breast cancer last year.{} If anyone knows the power of the Lowcountry affiliate of Susan G. Komen, it's her.

"Komen has touched my life in so many ways. It has helped me shape my sorrow into purpose, my pain into a goal."

Thanks to Komen, Amber has been awarded a scholarship to the College of Charleston.{} She starts classes Wednesday.

"Komen has not only helped my family financially by putting me through college," she said.{} "But has given my life more meaning than I could have ever imagined."

Amber's scholarship is possible thanks to the many fundraisers held by the Lowcountry affiliate of Susan G. Komen each year.{} The biggest is the the Race for the Cure.

That's why Tuesday night, Amber Heyward gathered with breast cancer survivors at the Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant.{} The organization held it's annual kick off {}party to celebrate the upcoming event.{} This year the race will be held Saturday, October 20 at the Family Circle Cup Stadium {}on Daniel Island with the 5k run and walk starting around 9 a.m.

Amber will have a booth at this year's race, educating young women about the importance of early screenings and self breast exams.

"Komen has brightened my future and given me access to a sisterhood like no other," she said.{}

From loss, Komen has given her hope.

If you would like to know more about the race, just go to the Lowcountry Susan G. Komen website,