Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Raises $600,000

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A little rain could not stop thousands of people from coming together in the fight breast cancer. 5,000 walkers took part in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, according to organizers.

Local24 Cares was a proud sponsor for the walk that raises money for breast cancer research and support services.

You typically see a lot of blue around Tiger Lane in Midtown Memphis, but on Sunday people were covered in pink.

"My husband said you have on too much pink. I said, 'Never enough pink,'" said Annette Walter, a 34 year breast cancer survivor. Walter was wearing a bright pink headband, boa and skirt when we met her, and she was ready to walk.

There to fight back against a life changing disease, people enjoyed eating, smiling and dancing together. The 5K walk or run brought survivors and friends Teddy Swanson aka "Ya Ya," and Villy Ellinger out. 

"I'm a survivor myself. 12 years. And my daughter thought it would be a great way to celebrate life and love and just being alive," said Swanson.

"The excitement of it and the support of the people makes it so much better, and so much better to deal with and I'm overwhelmed," said Ellinger.

Local24 anchors Katina Rankin and Richard Ransom were there getting the crowd pumped. Meteorologist Chelsea Chandler and anchor Caitlin Lockerbie were also on hand to emcee.

Once everyone was warmed up, it was time to get moving. Thousands of people walked, survivors, family, friends, caregivers and kids.

It was an important step for Vivian Chalmers now in her third fight with breast cancer.

"It's encouraging to me to come out and let other walkers know what I have survived," said Chalmers.

Sunday's walk was a show of unity and hope overshadowing an ugly disease.

"It's overwhelming in a beautiful way," said Swanson.

"It's important because if I'm a survivor for 34 years somebody else could," said Swanson.

Organizers said the goal this year is to raise half a million dollars to support breast cancer research in Memphis and other resources. So far, they say $600,000 has been reaised.

If you didn't get a chance to come out, you can still help make a difference by donating. JUST CLICK HERE.

 


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