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Thousands participate in 9th Annual Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Walk

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Over 2,000 people showed up Saturday morning, sporting their best pink attire, for the 9th Annual Ethel Precht Breast Cancer walk at the Civic Center in Lake Charles.

"I fought cancer, I'm not afraid of anything," yelled breast cancer survivor Cindy Pederson at Saturday's walk. "I wear this shirt that says God has a plan for my life ... me having cancer and beating it was in his plan, so I'm okay."

That sense of purpose and pride is a common thread amongst many survivors, including the woman who the walk is named for, Ethel Precht, of Cameron Parish. 

Precht is a 28-year cancer survivor and said her faith, family and friends have gotten her through the years and continues to be her driving force each day.  

Ricky Mestayer serves as the only man on the Ethel Precht Hope Foundation Board of Directors and said men should be involved in the fight to raising awareness for breast cancer.

"Breast cancer can affect men just as it affects women," said Mestayer. "But even more than that, as a husband to a breast cancer survivor, I and other husbands are caregivers and we see what these women go through."

Participants at the walk were able to sign breast cancer ribbons and balloons in support for who they were walking for. The 3k walk around the Lake Charles Civic Center started after an opening ceremony including a balloon release honoring those who have been lost to the disease. 

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