(08/21/13) - Dressed in pink and committed to defeating cancer, survivors and
supporters met in Saginaw County, Wednesday.
They're getting ready for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk next month.
Cancer affects everyone in some way shape or form. The American Cancer Society says events like this help generate the financial and emotional support needed to beat the disease.
"Cancer is a scary horrible thing," said Roxanne Haller. She knows first-hand. "Seven years ago, at the age of 28, I was diagnosed with breast cancer."
She beat the disease. Now, she's working to inspire others to do the same.
"I look forward to this event every year," she said.
The annual kick-off breakfast is designed to generate excitement for the breast cancer walk in October - and to generate funds, too. It's a reminder of how important research is in the battle to save lives.
"Without the income, we can't do the research, so money saves lives," said Nolan Piotrowski, of the American Cancer Society. "Every 20 seconds, a women is told she has breast cancer."
Melissa Wilkinson lost her grandmother three years ago.
"Personally this event means a lot," she said.
She proves that it's never too early to join the fight.
"I was 12 years old when I got involved with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. I love this organization and I don't think I would ever walk away from it," she said.
Instead, she'll walk with members of a community dedicated to helping others defeat cancer.
"Ultimately everyone is touched by cancer in one way or another in their lives and I think it's important to everybody," Haller said.
Genesee County's kick-off breakfast will be held Thursday morning at the Genesys Conference and Banquet Center. It starts at 8 a.m.
The annual walk is Oct. 26.
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