Hampton Roads makes strides against breast cancer

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Posted on September 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM

NORFOLK-- Thousands were walking Saturday for the “Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk.”

Along the route from Harbor Park to Nauticus, every person had a reason to be there. “The group is my family and friends. I am walking for a sister and cousins, and any survivors,” Tanya Lee said.

Last year, 6,000 walkers raised $300,000 in the fight against breast cancer. 13NEWS is a proud sponsor of the event.  “I’m here to support everyone. My grandmother is a survivor, and I know a lot of people are affected by the disease,” Christy Rusnack explained.

Extra focus is on the city of Portsmouth at this year’s walk. “Unfortunately Portsmouth has one of the highest rates of African American women dying of breast cancer,” Michelle Couch noted.

Bon Secours, Sentara and the American Cancer Society formed a partnership. “It’s collaboration with three organizations. Portsmouth was one of three cities chosen, thanks to funding from Walmart, to initiate a community health advisor program,” Freda Bryan explained.

 

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