BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thousands of people laced up their sneakers for a worthy cause. Saturday, people from all over the coast took part in the third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
"It's not a female disease or a male disease. This hurts families and people everywhere," said Julie Cwikla.
Cwikla is one of five thousand people who took part in this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. A massive fundraising effort that's all about compassion.
"It's just exciting to be around people who care about taking care of others. That's what this is really about," Cwikla said.
In August, she lost her mother breast cancer.
"She fought hard three times and the fourth time it had gone to her bones and her lungs, and it was just too much," said Cwikla.
That's why she is using her energy to inspire and empower people along the coast. And she's doing it one friend at a time.
"Cancer impacts so many people's lives. Whether it be breast cancer or prostate cancer for men or anything, it's just more and more. People are living long enough that cancer impacts them and impacts their family," said Jay Richie.
Richie joined the team raise money for the cause.
"It's easy to do, just challenge your friends," Richie said.
His challenged landed him in a pink wig, a feather boa, pink boots and a tutu. It also raised $3,400.
Marian Dolan was also apart of a team. And while she knew very little about her friend's mother, she knows that the fight against breast cancer continues.
"This is our future. Without mothers, where would we be," Dolan said.