More than 20,000 people in pink filled LP Field Saturday morning for the 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The five-mile walk, which honors breast cancer survivors, raised more than $650,000 for breast cancer research.
“Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way,” said Angelia Wyatt, the event manager. “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer gives us the chance to celebrate those who have survived breast cancer and help ensure that future generations are not faced with this life-threatening disease.”
Kim Stanke is one of those survivors.
“I'm six years cancer free and I feel great. For me, now it's all about giving back, and that's why events like the Making Strides and working with the American Cancer Society is just really important to me,” Stanke said.
Stanke was part of the Power Chicks team, which raised more than $7,000 leading up to Saturday's walk.
Making Strides has been the American Cancer Society's rallying cry to raise awareness and funds to fight the deadly disease. The event alone has raised more than $460 million nationwide since the walk launched in 1993.
There are several breast cancer awareness events left this month, including the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure 5K October 27 in Brentwood.