RICHMOND (WRIC)—Breast cancer survivors in Central Virginia came out in droves to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the Virginia War Memorial on Sunday.
The more than 10,000 participants raised upwards of $350,000 in honor of the event, at which they celebrated their stories of survival and perseverance.
"We're really excited because this has become a Richmond staple when it comes to breast cancer awareness," said Juanita Thompson of the American Cancer Society.
The thousands of smiling faces at the Making Strides walk served as a source of encouragement for those currently battling cancer, those who have lost loved ones to the disease and others who have overcome breast cancer.
"I started crying first of all, and I just said, ‘Oh my God,'" said Phyllis Kitson, a seven-year breast cancer survivor. "But then I felt like, well it's only at stage two, so I felt that I could have the necessary surgery to get rid of it all, and I was very blessed that this is what happened."
The money raised for the Oct. 20 event will either go toward cancer research or to assist those who are fighting the disease now.
"To be here as a survivor and to just encourage those who may come up with cancer to try to understand that this is not the end of life," Kitson said. "Life will go on because you can get cured of it."
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