ZANESVILLE, Ohio- You may have seen a sea of pink as you drove past OUZ-Zane State College this morning.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was this morning. Survivors, supporters, and more gathered on campus to walk 3.2 miles to raise funds for research. While the walk and funds are a big part of the day, Community Development Manager Amanda Hickerson says it’s not the important part.
“The main thing here today is to show survivors that they aren’t alone in their progress of getting better. The community is here to support them. The American Cancer Society is here to support them. And so, we just want to show them, show them love today. Nobody walks alone!”
And that support is so important for those fighting breast cancer, or any other cancer. Many survivors credit the support of their family and friends for getting them through the hard times. Teresa Sims was diagnosed back in June and is still receiving treatments, but she says that she’s already a survivor.
“So I’ve been a survivor since day one because it is a battle and it is not just a physical battle; but it’s an emotional and a mental and a spiritual battle. And you have to be strong. And you have to have support because if you don’t you’re just not gonna make it.”
The walk raised almost $21,000 that will go towards research. A host of sponsors helped make the walk a success donating water, t-shirts, and other items. The sponsors include: Genesis Healthcare, Dutro Automotive, Bath Fitter, AutoZone Distribution Center, Zanesville Board of Education, and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.