Thousands attend 15th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thousands were in attendance Sunday to do their part in making strides against breast cancer.

The event was hosted by 8News’ own Christina Feerick, and was held to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research and to help treat people currently suffering from the disease.

8News spoke with breast cancer survivors at the event.

“It means so much to me because the American Cancer Society was a great support,” Janice Johnson, who survived breast cancer, said.

Johnson joined over 10,000 people as part of a sea of pink along the Virginia War Memorial, all making strides to end breast cancer.

The annual walk has been going on since 1993. Barbara Harris is making strides to support her sister, now fighting a recent diagnosis.

“Every chemo session, I’ve been with her, and I’m excited that the doctor told her that they’re going to call her cancer free!” Harris exclaimed.

So far, this nationwide event has raised over $685 million to fight breast cancer. Senior director Patti Jackson said the walk is an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

“Everybody’s been touched by cancer in some way, but it seems that breast cancer in particular … we’ve all had mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, even some men who’ve fought breast cancer,” Jackson said.

She concluded, “I’m just happy to be here and I will continue to do this every year. And I thank God for his help, his support, and all my friends’ support.”


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