BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thousands of people took an important step in finding a cure for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society put on its Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5-k Walk at the Biloxi Town Green. Cancer survivors say it's important to never give up hope.
Stephanie Davis was at the finish line to thank and congratulate walkers finishing up their walk to end breast cancer. Six years ago, Davis says she discovered a lump in her breast.
"It just brings joy to my heart to see all these people out here celebrating the survivor rate in people with breast cancer," said Davis.
Saving lives is what inspired 5,000 people to walk from the Biloxi Town Green to the Bayview Avenue and back. Some even went for a second round. For many breast cancer survivors it was an emotional journey.
Cancer Emma Smith said, "It's an honor to be able to walk. "
The American Cancer Society says breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. Sadly, some people walked this walk in memory of those who didn't make it.
"My sister is out here too, and I have a cousin out here," said Smith. "We have some cousins that are passed, so we're walking in their memory. I have a niece that is deceased. We're walking in her memory."
Survivors say the best way to beat breast cancer is to find a support system and never give up.
"If they've just been diagnosed, keep your head up," said Davis. "You can beat it."
Alberta Pisarich is an 82-year-old survivor.
"It is an anxiety at first," Pisarich said. "But if you listen to your doctor, put your full trust in the Lord and have a good attitude, you'll come out of it."
"I'm a ten year survivor, and I'm very grateful."
The American Cancer Society says the walk raised $210,000 for breast cancer research, prevention education and lobbying for legislation.