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Breast Cancer Survivors Walk Together To Help Find A Cure

They're the faces of strength, courage and hope.

"Never give up. Never give up," says Breast Cancer Survivor Bobbie Holloway.

"It is not death sentence. We are survivors," says Glenda Collins, also a Breast Cancer Survivor.

"I'm a 19 year survivor," says Bobbie Holloway. "A cure is on the way. There is hope."

Nearly 3,000 cancer survivors and supporters took a stand to fight breast cancer.  Some walked, ran and even rolled their way toward finding a cure.

"It's coming. We can't give up. We got to keep fighting," says Holloway.

For some, cancer has affected more than just one family member.

"I'm number five of 12 granddaughters.  We have a long line of breast cancer in our family," says Suzanne Griffin.

For others, the fight started before doctors could even confirm they had cancer.

"I had six different test sets of mammograms, and they diagnosed me negative. And I happened to go to another hospital, and I got sick one day. And they found out I was in stage three cancer," says survivor Cheryl Ladner.  "I like to just tell everybody have your mammograms and ultrasounds done at least one to two times a year and get a second opinion."

Regardless of whether they've beaten the battle or remain on the front lines fighting the disease, many say the outpouring of support gives them more reason to hope.

Survivor Gay Rudolf says, "Seeing these people out here means a lot."

"It's a great encourager for people still fighting," says Robin Jackson, a breast cancer survivor.

People are standing behind us. People that know now that as a survivor you don't have to die because you have cancer. It is no longer a death sentence," says Glenda Collins. "There is hope."

The walk is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  Today's walk raised more than two hundred thousand dollars, almost tripling last year's number of 72-thousand dollars.

Survivors say they encourage other survivors to get involved by working as mentors or Reach to Recovery volunteers.

By Krystal Allan 

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