When the sun rose on Mother's Day in the metro, there were plenty of events where moms could soak up the rays along with a large dose of love while raising breast cancer awareness.
At Target Field, players proudly wore pink to draw attention and raise money for breast cancer research, including Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe.
"I talked to [my mom] this morning, just told her I love her and typical stuff," said Plouffe. "It's important to me. She battled breast cancer. Our family is fortunate enough she beat it and is in remission."
Across town, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Mall of America attracted an estimated 50,000 people. The fundraising event is one of the largest in the country. Crowds circling the all raised an estimated $2.5 million dollars for breast cancer screening, education and awareness.
For Bev Amsden, the annual walk is bittersweet. She walks holding a picture of her daughter, who died of breast cancer when she was just 38 years old.
"She fought hard and we started the walk with her," Amsden told FOX 9 News. "Did it every year and still do."
Sarah Sachs and her family squeezed in both the race and the Twins game this Mother's Day. As a five-year survivor, Sachs says a day like Sunday is all she can ask for.
"I think it's a great thing to bring awareness -- especially for my family and my kids because they were so little," said Sachs. "It's just important and it's a good cause and a good feeling. We had a good day."