Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer Kicks Off
CLEVELAND — Hundreds of people are walking 60 miles in three days for one goal: to end breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Cleveland 3-Day kicked off Friday. More than 650 people are participating in this year’s journey to fight breast cancer, which remains the leading cause of cancer death in women.
Laurie Broyer came from Cape Cod, Massachusetts joined the walk.
“This is my third time in Cleveland and my tenth walk,” Broyer said.
The walk raises money and awareness.
“It is for people who are completely dedicated to playing a role in the fight to end breast cancer,” Susan G. Komen 3-Day National Spokesman Dr. Sheri Phillips said.
Chris Poland and his daughters walked in memory of a loved one lost.
“My wife, their mother, passed away a year and half ago due to complications to breast cancer,” he said.
Annie Wamsley of Seville, Ohio walks on behalf of breast cancer survivors.
“I started doing the breast cancer walk just to give back, just for all the support that I received during my year. I was in treatment for a year,” she said.
Each person must raise at least $2,300 to participate in the three day walk. The 12 members of Team Fight Like a Girl raised the most money: $35,000 and still counting. Team Captain Karen Antem lost her younger sister to breast cancer and another sister is a survivor.
“Everybody here has been touched by breast cancer in one way or another,” Antem added.
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk go directly to the national organization, with 25 percent of the money going to program here in the Greater Cleveland area.
“The mission of Susan G. Komen for the Cure focuses on research, education, screening and treatment,” Dr. Phillips said.
But, the ultimate goal of ending breast cancer forever remains the same.
“We just feel that each and every year, we’re getting closer and closer to the cure for breast cancer,” Poland said.
The three day journey ends with a victory walk and a closing ceremony on the campus of Tri-C West Sunday afternoon. More information can be found on the web site - www.The3Day.org.