Breast cancer walk raises $1 million in donations - WKRN News 2

Breast cancer walk raises $1 million in donations

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Bettye McKinnon and family. Bettye McKinnon and family.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A record number of people gathered at LP Field Saturday morning to help make strides against breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society
hosted the 12th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk throughout the streets of downtown Nashville.

More than 27,000 people affected by breast cancer participated in this year's 5-mile walk, raising over $1 million.

"Oh, isn't it remarkable that so many people will come out to support a cause like this? And every year it just seems to grow and grow," said breast cancer survivor Bettye McKinnon.

McKinnon and her family have been "making strides" for years.

"We have three generations here with us today. I'm here, my daughters are here, and my grandchildren," she remarked. "I guess this is about our, what? Our 4th or 5th year?"

McKinnon has survived the disease for 34 years.

"I'll be 83 next month. Still going strong, and we will be here next year, also," she told News 2.

McKinnon, however, said her daughter, Betsy, lost her battle to breast cancer at the age of 49.  Saturday, the family marched in Betsy's honor.

"She was not as fortunate as I was. We lost her, I'm sorry to say," she stated.

An estimated 232,000 women and 2,200 men with be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.  More than 40,000 will die from the disease.

"We have just got to find a cure for it. If we can go to the moon, we can find a cure for breast cancer," McKinnon said.

The 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event held a special meaning as the American Cancer Society celebrated it's 100th birthday this year.

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