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Thousands gather for the ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ walk

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Making Strides Against Cancer of Binghamton Walk took to Recreation Park on Sunday, spreading the message of the importance of mammograms and breast cancer awareness.

Thousands lined up to walk for a cause, standing in unity with survivors, medical professionals and other members of the community.

“I love it. I get so excited about Making Strides,” said event organizer Kristina Albrecht. “This is my third year organizing this event and every year it grows more and more in my heart.”

Lourdes Hospital was one of the tabling attendees. Manager of the Breast Cancer Center Michelle Weber is a breast cancer survivor.   She expressed her gratitude for the community’s support.

“Switching roles from mammographer to survivor, it was kind of surreal last year,” Weber said. “I love the community support of everyone coming around those who fight because as we know, no one fights alone.”

Lourdes had a mobile mammography van available for people to get checked. At last check, six people had seized the opportunity for mammograms, and two said they would return the next day.

In an official press release from Making Strides of Binghamton organizers, a total of 3,500 attendees helped raise the organization’s goal of $150,000.  The proceeds will go toward breast cancer research and efforts to help others in their fight.

“It’s the city of Binghamton and the people that get involved with us,” Albrecht said. “I’m not from here and I moved up here for this job with Making Strides, and I fell in love with the community that got behind the event as well.”

New to the walk this year was the Gina Chapman Garden of Hope.  The garden honors the late American Heart Association Regional Director who had served as the Walk’s organizer for nine years.

“In losing her, we definitely wanted to honor her and all she did for the community,” Albrecht. “So we have pink pinwheels that people are able to write a short message on and then plant them in the garden of hope. I hope that this did somewhat a justice in her honor.”

Those wishing to make a donation to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society, you can donate here.

Cal Dymowski

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