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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - It's Breast Cancer Awareness month and one of the many events is this weekends Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Richland.

At the end of the 5K there will be cake. It's a celebration of birthdays for survivors. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. 

Deborah Burke knows what it's like firsthand to get that diagnosis.

"Your stomach sort of drops to your knees and there's a moment of disbelief," Burke said.

Doctors told her she had breast cancer back in March. Seven months later she has completed radiation and is now cancer free.

"It's hard to say you're a survivor when you look at women going through so much more than you experienced. But I guess by definition, yes I am a cancer survivor," Burke said.

"Breast cancer affects just about everyone you know. Whether it's a close family friend, a family member. You talk to anybody and everyone knows somebody," said walk organizer Jackie Harvey.

All of the money raised will go to local research. So far, more than $20,000 have been raised.

"The treatment that I'm experiencing, what works, what doesn't work will also pave the way for the next generation and maybe they'll have a longer life span or cancer will be a thing of the past," Burke said.

"Let's make a difference now. Let's raise this money, which goes to research for Tri-City women. Let's get out there and let's get rid of breast cancer," Harvey said.

Dozens of teams are already signed up but there is still time to do so. The walk starts at Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland at 10 a.m. but there will be lots of stuff going on beginning at nine. Registration fees are by donation.

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