Breast Cancer Walk Makes Strides

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

Wearing all shades of pink and bringing cheer to a dreary day, everyone is walking for someone: a grandmother, a friend, a child. They are walking for the living and for those who have passed on.

"I'm walking for my mother," says Jodi Turner. She references to a pin on her sweatshirt. "This is a picture of us last year at the walk. We didn't know she was re-diagnosed, and she died this year."

Faces, both teary and smiling, stand out among the crowd of more than 3,500 in the 8th annual "Making Strides" walk against breast cancer. It's an event that happens all over the country, spreading one message.

"Tell your wife, your mother, your daughter: If they're 40 or older, they need to have a mammogram every year," says Kate Follett of the American Cancer Society.

The participants raised more than $240,000 Saturday, up $40,000 from last year. For some, the yearly event is a way to both hold onto memories as well as talk about their hopes for the future of breast cancer.

"Hopefully a cure!" says 11-year survivor Kathy Hatfield. "So [my daughters] don't have to go through what I went through."

"To be here and walk this with everybody, you know, people that pass you and their shirts say 'Survivor,' that's huge-- because that could be me or my niece [one day]," Turner says.

Turner and her team of 25 friends and family members raised more than $2,000 in honor of her mother Terry. But this year's walk was more difficult for Turner than she had expected.

"It's depressing-- and it's wonderful," she says. "You know, I know she's here and I know that I'm taking her place, and that makes a huge difference."


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