Eau Claire community walks in pink for breast cancer awareness

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – More than 100 people rocked the color pink Saturday morning for the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

When it comes to the topic of cancer, it can be grim for so many, but cancer survivors, medical personnel, and those who know some affected by breast cancer, walked on Saturday to shed light on breast cancer awareness.

After check-in, a group of women pulled a truck to symbolize their strength against cancer. A DJ was playing upbeat music to get participators pumped before the walk. Survivors put their names and kiss prints on a piece of paper placed on a board labeled “Kiss breast cancer goodbye. They also wrote down how many years they have been cancer free.

Melissa Emmerich, an outpatient women’s physician, walked for her patients. Emmerich said she sees women and families affected by breast cancer every day.

“There’s been such a change in the mortality from breast cancer from the 20 years I have been practicing,” said Emmerich. “And it’s because of the wonderful things that the American Cancer Society is doing. So I’m here to support that and keep it going. The more people that get involved that’s what makes it a wonderful event, the more that are here, the better.”

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is an opportunity to honor those who have battled breast cancer, to raise money for the American Cancer Society, spread awareness, and to teach people what they can do to reduce their breast cancer risk.

WQOW News 18 was a proud sponsor of the walk.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford

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