Since 1993, more than 8 million people have taken part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And with nearly 3,000 in attendance on a chilly Saturday morning, it's no wonder the Edwards family found strength in the numbers.
Jerome Edwards lost his wife of ten years to breast cancer just last week.
"I knew after losing my wife that I wanted to be a part of something," he said. "Even for the purpose of educating the children to let them see what type of spectrum was associated with breast cancer."
And the Edwards family, containing 12 children and step-children, got to see just how far the disease that took their mother reached.
"For some of the young ones to see that so many people have been affected by the same thing they've been affected by, I think definitely for us as a family it was overwhelming," said Haywood Edwards, Jerome's brother.
The event, featuring a 5k walk/run netted $288,000 for cancer prevention and research.
"You've gotta raise awareness to find a cure," said Sandra Johnson, a breast cancer survivor. "Without raising all this money, there would be no way these people with breast cancer survive."