Close to 25,000 local breast cancer survivors and volunteers united in Balboa park on Sunday to help in the fight against breast cancer.
The 12th annual “Making Strides” walk put on by the American Cancer Society was aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and to provide hope to all people facing the disease.
Almost everyone at the walk had been touched in one way or another by breast cancer. Bill Durfey has been doing the walk for 10 years, but this year’s event meant more to him than ever.
“Feels good because I’m doing this for my sister,” he said, “She was diagnosed with breast cancer this year.”
NBC 7/39’s Susan Taylor was the emcee at the event and thousands of volunteers helped cheer on the participants.
“The whole way they were supporting us, giving us water, telling us to keep going, so it was an easy run,” Charlene Tu said.
Nearly 2,000 new cases will be diagnosed in San Diego County this year, and several hundred will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
San Diego 's four-mile Making Strides walk is one of more than 165 walks being held across the country this year.