Record Crowd Attends Breast Cancer Walk

About 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S.

Monday, Oct 17, 2011  |  Updated 6:11 AM PDT
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As many as 30,000 people took part in Sunday's walk against breast cancer in Balboa Park. The group raised more than $800,000.

As many as 30,000 people took part in Sunday's walk against breast cancer in Balboa Park. The group raised more than $800,000.

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A record 30,000 people took part in Sunday's Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk.

NBC 7 San Diego is a proud sponsor of the walk, which raises money for breast cancer research and outreach.

Organizers said $800,000 was raised this year.

NBC 7 San Diego anchor Susan Taylor, whose mother had breast cancer and will be 13 years cancer-free in January, spoke at the walk alongside former NBC 7 health reporter Peggy Pico.

Pico is now being treated for Stage 3 breast cancer. Her story was one of thousands of inspirational stories from survivors.

"We are walking for my grandma. She's a two-time survivor of breast cancer," said participant Felicia Wijenberg. "She's super stoked. We're super stoked." 

About 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S., including 1,200 in San Diego. About 40,000 nationwide will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society.

Susan Webster was disagnosed with the disease four years ago.

"When you're overweight and bald, you don't really feel so good," Webster said, "and their program helps you put on makeup, just feel better about yourself and again connect with other survivors."

Learn more about this year's San Diego event or how to donate.

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