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Thousands Make Strides against Breast Cancer
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
The "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 5K, held by the American Cancer Society, drew thousands of walkers dressed in pink. All of the money raised will go to breast cancer research and providing services for women with breast cancer.
The crowd of walkers resembled a pink sea as they strode across Lamar University's campus.
Trisha Stephens, a cancer survivor, said it means a lot.
"Because I've been through so much," Stephens said.
"I'm very proud of her," said Susan Hart, kissing Stephens' cheek. "She's so strong."
This year, Stephens lost her 3-year old toddler and her sister to cancer.
"If we continue doing this, supporting one another, putting our resources together, maybe we won't have to go through this anymore," said Hart, her arm around Stephens.
"Amen!" Stephens exclaimed.
"Maybe we can save somebody else," said Hart.
The Making Strides 5K raises money for breast cancer research.
"We want to dedicate ourselves to making sure that three out of three people are surviving the illness," said Kathy Chessher, the community manager of distinguished events for the American Cancer Society. "Right now two out of three are surviving, and we want to make sure that number climbs to three out of three, and to do that we have to find a cure."
Chessher said, one out of every two women diagnosed with cancer turns to the American Cancer Society.
"And we're providing services, we're providing transportation to and from their cancer treatment, wigs, lodging-- if they're driving from a great distance away," said Chessher. "All kinds of things that we're providing free of charge to them."
Cancer survivor Henrietta Robertson was thrilled with the turn-out.
"Thousands of people came out and yes we did it, we had an awesome celebration!" Robertson said.
Beulah Norman has been cancer free for 17 years.
"We give all honors to God because we are survivors," said Norman. "We made it and we thank God for each and every day."
"God knew I could handle it I guess," smiled Kary Mertin, the only one out of the five women in her family to get breast cancer.