JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City’s fifth annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk brightened up downtown Johnson City Sunday as those affected by the disease wore pink for an afternoon of fundraising and support.
One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their life and nearly 3,000 people came out to Founders Park to help put an end to the disease.
People walked for themselves, friends, family or loved ones affected by breast cancer. Organizers tell News Channel 11 this year they saw an increase in team sign ups, fundraising and even sponsorship, money that goes towards research and sustaining local programs.
“We have survivors here all their sisters are here, it’s incredible, and I’m not even a survivor, it’s incredible to see that kind of support not just from your doctor or your husband but it’s your whole community,” Holly Booker of the American Cancer Society said.
John Collins of Johnson City man said he’s the fourth man to ever be diagnosed with breast cancer in Tennessee and he hopes that brings more awareness to men as well.
“Education is the key and if we use the preventative measures that are there before us and educate ourselves we have a better chance at survival that would be what my wish would be that everybody in America, male, female, everybody would just get tested,” Collins said.
Booker said they estimate a total fundraising amount of $180,000 and they’ve seen a reduction in death rates from the disease since 1989 of about 36%. They are looking forward to making next year’s sixth annual race bigger and better.
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