Concord's making strides against breast cancer walk raises thousands
CONCORD - October is breast cancer awareness month, more than four-thousand people walked in the 24 annual making strides against breast cancer.
Hundreds of breast cancer survivors stood together and threw their hands up for a picture. You could hear the excitement in their voices as they rejoiced and thousands more joined them at Memorial field to take a stand against breast cancer.
"I'm a 25-year survivor" said Dawn Anderson of Greenville Maine. Her sister Paula Lacroix, of Boscawen, is also a cancer survivor, and joined her. "I'm happy I'm here" said Lacroix laughing.
"Just to see all these people so happy to fight breast cancer" said Anderson.
According to the American Cancer Society it's estimated that in 2016 more than 246-thousand women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40-thousand will die. Survivors walking the 3-miles say they want to show others that breast cancer can be defeated and that those with a diagnosis should never give up.
"It's amazing what people can do when they come together with some passion and determination to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer" said Kimberly Laro, who is the volunteer director of publicity for making strides Concord.
"We're going to treat this like it's the common cold one-day and it's going to be gone" said one woman who is currently still fighting the battle.
People were dressed in all shades of pink cheer as they walked to show their support. Nation-wide there are about 300 walks which have raised more than 750 million dollars. Sunday the walk in the city raised $476,510.00 dollars which will go to the American Cancer Society for research and to help breast cancer patients and their families.