BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi's Town Green was colored pink on Saturday to fight back against breast cancer. The disease affects thousands of women each year. The 9th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk attracted supporters and survivors willing to help find a cure.
This starting line was packed Saturday morning with more than 6,000 walkers united to fight against breast cancer.
Both the supporters and survivors were pinked out. The American Cancer Society helps sponsor this walk every year, along with other small events, to raise money and awareness to end breast cancer.
"We do everything including fundraisers, bake sales, anything we can do to raise funds," said Tammy Williams. "We work in our different teams, and it is there to help others who are going through treatment. It is for research, mammograms and early detection."
Williams helped host the 5K, and she also celebrated another year as a survivor.
"We started the walk nine years ago, and it was right after I had come through on the other side of treatment. I love it. I love coming out here seeing all the excitement," Williams said.
Ocean Springs resident Cindy Burns was also pumped to participate in the walk. She beat cancer after being diagnosed following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"It was hard. I couldn't get treatment here, because it was after Katrina and it was a mess. It is wonderful walking now. I am here to support those other survivors and know that there is hope because I am not eight years out," Burns said.
Then there were the support groups, such as team St. Michaels, who honored people still battling cancer and those who lost the fight.
"Cancer is very serious. In fact, I am putting a friend to rest this Thursday due to breast cancer, and it is a very sad thing. It can be prevented with the proper research and walks like this," Jennifer Fink said.
The strides the walkers made on this day will hopefully encourage others in the future to join the fight and help save lives. Organizers said they raised around $245,000 for this year.