Thousands Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October 3, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Thousands Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October 3, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - It was a sea of "pink" Sunday when thousands of breast cancer survivors, volunteers, businesses and community members gathered in Niagara Square for the annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk to fight the disease.

A total of 5,000 people braved the cold and rain to match last year's total and raised $500,000 for the fight against breast cancer.

Funds raised through Making Strides are committed to the American Cancer Society's breast cancer research, education and outreach programs, advocacy and patient services.

Channel 7's Bridget Blythe and Mike Randall joined Bill Lacy from WHTT Oldies 104.1FM with fitness instructor Robbie Raugh Sunday morning to motivate the walkers before the 16th annual event.

“This is an important day for the fight against breast cancer in Western New York, and we are so grateful for the community’s support, especially in this troubled economy,” said Gretchen Leffler, regional vice president of the American Cancer Society. “Event participants and volunteers make it possible for the American Cancer Society to offer programs like Reach to Recovery, which provides support for breast cancer patients, and Hope Lodge, which provides free lodging for those receiving treatment far from home, possible.”

WKBW is a proud supporter of "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
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