ELYSIAN PARK (CBSLA.com) — Jordan Hill of the Los Angeles Lakers joined thousands of others this weekend in the fight against breast cancer.

The basketball star was among an estimated 20,000 people who attended the 17th annual Susan G. Komen L.A. County Race for the Cure.

The Saturday morning race got underway at Dodger Stadium at 8:45 a.m.

Hill lost his mother to breast cancer at the age of three. He spoke to KCAL9’s Louisa Hodge about his decision to join the cause and raise awareness.

“It kind of hit home. A couple scares with my sister. My father remarried and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s a hectic lifestyle that I have,” he said.

Hill, who recently had hip surgery, said he planned to participate in a portion of the race.

“I just got back from a hip surgery so I can’t really be on it that much but I’m gonna definitely go run a little bit and show my support,” he said earlier.

The day’s festivities also included a survivor parade and I AM THE CURE® leaders encouraging participants along the 10K/5K courses.

An estimated one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

CBS2/KCAL9 is a proud media sponsor of the event.

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