LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Westlake walkers came out in full force Saturday morning to raise awareness for breast cancer. The walk was spearheaded by breast cancer survivor Katherine Pointer. October 8th marks 10 years since Pointer has been cancer free.
"It all started with a party two years ago. I thought Westlake doesn't have a breast cancer walk. One thing led to another and I thought how great it would be if the community of Westlake could benefit from this," said Pointer.
They walked two miles for those battling the disease and for others who have lost their fight. Mona Witherwax is walking for her two aunts and a friend.
"It's just inspirational and I just enjoy everybody out here walking and just hope it does something to find a cure for cancer," said Witherwax.
Also on hand the "Colors For a Cause" Cancer Awareness fire truck. It's a gift from Brennan Daigle - the Westlake boy who died of brain cancer earlier this year. Organizers say it's his way of paying it forward to a special lady who helped him during his fight.
"I think Brennan is smiling down today. Brennan touched a lot of people's hearts and changed a lot of people's lives when they met him," said Pamela Park, Colors For a Cause. "He wanted to do this in honor of Sandi Rilanski from Rhode Island who hired a photographer to take pictures when his brigade came through Southwest Louisiana. This was his way of thanking Sandi. A truck with her name on it that would raise awareness for all types of cancers. The truck has a ribbon on it for every type of cancer."
The walkers also took time to pause and release balloons in the name of loved ones at the Westlake Fire Station.
"Cancer is a disease that affects everyone. I say don't wait until it affects you to get involved and that is what this is - it's about getting involved. All these people didn't come out here this morning because they wanted to walk two miles. They are here for breast cancer," said Pointer.
Proceeds from Saturday's walk will go to the Westlake Parks and Recreation and a sizable donation to M.D. Anderson for cancer research. Organizers also send a big thank you to Billy Navarre for being their corporate sponsor and purchasing 250 t-shirts for the event.