Hundreds Attend Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 10/28/2013 1:10 am
      For nearly 1,500 participants at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, it was a chance to take up the battle against an enemy that hits close to home for most.
      "We really don't know very many people that haven't been touched by breast cancer in some way, be it a family member or a friend. It seems like everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some form or fashion," said Jill Woodruff with the American Cancer Society.
       Lauren Haynes knows first hand about dealing with the disease. She lost her mother earlier this year.
      "It's just really close to my heart, it means a lot. The name of our team is Pink Rose because Rose was her name and I'm just out here representing for her. I really pushed it to the limits and like someone said today, I'm taking the time to smell the roses in honor of her."
      An entire park awash in pink, in a celebration of life, some fighting the disease in the prime of life.
      "Young women, people who are in their 20s with small children that you would never expect to hear that they would develop breast cancer but they do and they seek our help. They come to the American Cancer Society for help and support," said Woodruff.
      Support that starts with prevention and precautions.
      "The most important thing is just being aware of your own body and being able to check and make sure that you are normal and to do self exams," added Woodruff.
      For Haynes, it was a chance to let her mother speak through her actions.
      "She was the strongest woman I know. Whenever I felt like it was going to be tough to go on, I just imagined what she went through in her fight and so that's why I'm doing it."
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