8,000 Walk For Breast Cancer Awareness In Viera

By  //  October 21, 2012

Fight Against Deadly Disease

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — An estimated 8,000 people gathered today at Space Coast Stadium, who had come from all walks of life to bring awareness and to raise funds for breast cancer.

Over 8000 people gathered at Space Coast Stadium in support of breast cancer awareness (shutterstock image)

The goal was to raise more than $350,000 for the fight against breast cancer which is a disease estimated to kill almost 3,000 women in Florida every year.

Third highest in deaths from breast cancer in the U.S., Florida is second in the number of annual breast cancer cases.

James Atkinson, American Cancer Society local manager was thrilled with the results from Saturday’s event at Space Coast Stadium.

“This is a wonderful turnout and we are so grateful for the support of the community,” said Atkinson.

Florida ranks second in the USA in the mortality rate associated with breast cancer.(Shutterstock image)

The course was 3.1 miles and was a loop from Space Coast Stadium to the Brevard County Government Center.

Florida Govenor, Rick Scott was on hand to award special medallions to cancer survivors.

The Govenor spoke of a friend of his named Erin Kamp who wrote a book entitled “Living With the End in Mind” and along with his wife Ann, emphasized the importance of community events raising money for breast cancer.

Ann Biddle from Cocoa, who was recently diagnosed with cancer had come to the event with her friend Lynn Carter of Rockledge. They were inspired by the support from the people of Brevard for today’s event.

“This is so amazing,” said Biddle. “I am so glad that I came to see how much people care (about breast cancer). This gives me strength to carry on.”

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