Thousands come out in the rain to help fight breast cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A sea of pink hats, balloons, pants and even pink hair could be seen in downtown Buffalo Saturday morning.

People’s pink passion comes through at events like Saturday’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and it’s easy for people like Myranda Garfield to be passionate when she talks about her aunt Carole. “She was just around all the time. She was there for anyone who needed her and always the life of the party. An amazing person.”

Myranda’s aunt Carole succumbed to breast cancer last December and Saturday Myranda honored her by carrying on her tradition.

“She would be here if she could be. She was here every year walking with my cousin Ashley,” Myranda said.BreastCancerPics1

Joanna Jacob, Director of Community Engagement at the American Cancer Society said there are thousands of people that come out to events such as Saturday’s. Some are survivors and some are people walking in honor or memory of someone.

Some held pink balloons with a number written on it, representing how many years a person has been a breast cancer survivor.

Robin Battaglia had “3 months” written on her balloon. “That changed my life. All you hear is cancer and you don’t hear anything else,” she said.

Jacob said “It’s just so powerful because we can celebrate those survivors and we can think of those who’ve lost as we walk that 5k and we can raise funds to help fight back against the disease.”


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