Saturday, October 19th, the American Cancer society hosted the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. About five thousand people came to Grand Park in Los Angeles with signs in hand, and decked out in pink to rally in support of the men and women fighting breast cancer.
Last year over $250,000 was raised during the event and was directly put towards breast cancer research. Big cities across the United States hosted similar events on Saturday.
People of all ages and backgrounds unified to walk the 5k in hopes of raising money to help find a cure for breast cancer. Some participants were there in support of a specific breast cancer victim, while others were there to support the cause despite their lack of relations with a victim.
“There is so much love here today and I just want those with the cancer to know we have their backs,” exclaimed walk participant Ellen Hurtig.
Furthermore, companies took the event as a way to promote their business while giving back at the same time. Local companies such as the law firm, Call Jacob, donated 25 dollars per person that signed up for the event through the company’s website.
“We walk together. We fight together. We win together,” was the slogan displayed on the backs of Jacob Emrani and his team.
Tohs junior, Shelby Appice joined Jacob’s team in the fight against cancer. She was not the only highschool student in the walk. Groups of teen volunteers lined the walk cheering on the participants while waving pink pom poms and inflatable ribbons.
“I am here to help win the fight against breast cancer so no more women have to go through such an awful thing,” said Appice.
Moreover, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in the course of her lifetime. In 2019 alone, it is estimated that 331,530 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. The walk gives the victims hope for an effective treatment.
All in all, the event was a success because of the outrageous amount of support survivors, volunteers and community members put forth.