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Breast Cancer Walk Raises $54,000

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people walking in pink shirts(Mission, TX) More than 1,700 people laced up their shoes at the 2nd Annual Mission Pink Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Awareness Saturday, October 9th at Mission Regional Medical Center.

The 5-K event raised approximately $54,000. Twenty-five percent of that will be given to the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure with the rest of the donations going to The Breast Care Center at Mission Regional Medical Center for equipment and education.

Many in attendance had either survived cancer or knew someone who had battled the disease. People like Alice Chapa Gonzalez who as a survivor was also the guest speaker at this year’s event.

“When you look at the sea of people at this event, it puts what we are doing here in perspective,” said Gonzalez. “You could be in your 20’s, taking good care of yourself, exercising, eating right, and it can happen to you. One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The important thing to remember is that if detected early, there is a good chance you can treat it.”

The walk seems to be taking on a life of its own. It is growing both in participation and support. This year, approximately 500 more people participated and an additional $22,000 were raised.

The Breast Care Center at Mission Regional Medical Center encourages you to obtain screening mammograms recommended for your age group, monthly self-breast exams, and annual physician exams to maintain proper breast health.