BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s a big year for The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The Western New York chapter of this walk turns 20 this year.
More then 10-thousand people make their way to Canal-side to show their support. Among them, is survivor Julie Williams from Amherst. She says, “There are so many strong and amazing women here, I am so proud to be among them.”
This walk is personal for the hundreds of survivors here. But, many say they do this to set an example that there is hope.”It was a shock, it was a surprise for me. But I did find it myself and that’s what’s so important. Mammograms but more importantly, it is just knowing your body recognizing change, and reacting as fast as possible because early detection is key to survival until we can end this disease.”
All $470,000 raised through this walk goes to cancer research, and also provides information and support to those touched by the disease. That includes Pam Lunetta whose mom is a 13-year cancer survivor. Lunetta said, “It was a shock to hear. You think it would never happen to you or your family. She’s a very strong woman and quite honestly she inspires me. She actually went through cancer again and she’s going strong.”
She says the walk celebrates survivor-ship. Last year, almost a half-million dollars was raised. Kris Kim, Executive Vice-President, said, “The Buffalo community is so amazing, they’re so generous and they are so passionate about putting an end to breast cancer.”
An end to breast cancer, and no need for that sea of pink. “We don’t want pink ribbons for cancer anymore, we want to get rid of the disease, and put an end to it once and for all.” said, Williams.