LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Hundreds of Lake Area walkers turned out Saturday morning for the American Cancer Society's third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk. Survivors, those fighting the disease and friends and family of victim's who lost their battle showed up early at Sulphur's Heritage Square.
Adrienne Picou was diagnosed back in July with stage 3 breast cancer and led the way with her friends and family called the "A-Team."
"Even though there is a possibility you could get it, I don't think anyone ever thinks they are going to be diagnosed. It's scary, but I'm taking it one day at a time. I have a really good support group of friends and family who keep me going and I'm ready to fight," said Picou. "I wish I could tell you we won't have to have these walks, but we will until we find a cure. And that's why we are all here this morning."
Picou is not alone. Countless others have fought the same battle. Survivor Michele Owens has been cancer free for ten years.
"It's an honor to be here. It's a miracle that I'm here and these have been the best 10 years of my life," said Owens.
Owens said she's making the best of every day because she knows without a cure the cancer can always come back.
"Every year I still have this unsure feeling but I just put it in God's hands," said Owens.
Others walked in memory of a loved one who lost their battle with the disease. 49-year-old Sheila Richard lost her fight back in 2006. Her family said she was there in spirit.
"She would love it. I know she is looking down and loving it right now. That we are all here in support of her and to find a cure," said Stormi Sonnier, Richard's niece.
All money raised will go to improve breast cancer research for the American Cancer Society.