Volunteers make strides to beat breast cancer - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Volunteers make strides to beat breast cancer

By Crystal Price - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The Making Strides SWLA organization hosted their 2nd annual breast cancer walk in Sulphur to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.

More than 2,000 participants walked five miles down Ruth Street on Saturday morning in honor of breast cancer survivors in the area.

The organization raised a total of $50,000 that will go toward raising awareness and putting an end to the disease.

"The American Cancer society fights for cancer research which is done nationally across the world," said Katie McCarty. "We do have patient support programs, local scholarships that are given out to patients. Over the past year alone, we've actually provided over 1700 services for our local patients."

Nancy Trahan is a breast cancer survivor of seven months who participated in the breast cancer walk on Saturday.

"I'm walking for myself and for all the other ones who have had cancer in the past,"said Trahan. "It's kind of an emotional thing because I didn't realize there was so many people that were affected."

Trahan said she is glad to use this opportunity to help more women beat the disease.

"I'm just glad to be here and that God was with me the whole time," said Trahan. "Without him in my life, I don't think I would have made it through."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women next to non-melanoma skin cancer.

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