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Dubuque walk raises money for mammograms


by Jamie Grey

Dubuque (KWWL) -- The morning rain cleared just in time for the second annual "Did I Save Your Life?" Breast Cancer Prevention Walk in Dubuque Sunday afternoon. The pink stretched for miles, three point one miles to be exact, as dozens of people walked Asbury Road for the 5K breast cancer prevention walk.

"There's a bunch of us from work that decided it would be nice if we could do something good for the community. When I read about this walk, we decided to get together and do this," Sharon Sweet said. Nine people from Swiss Colony participated in the walk and raised more than $600.

Dubuque's breast cancer support group The Breast of Friends organizes this yearly fundraiser.

"We support each other 100%, and I wouldn't have gotten through it if it wasn't for them," two-time breast cancer survivor Michelle Lange said.

In these pink ladies, there are hundreds of stories of support and survival.

"I mean, I have a ten year old daughter which makes it even a little more stressful because will I pass it on or whatever. And I want to do everything in my power to be here to watch her grow up," survivor Pam Stierman said.

At the walk, it was all about awareness and prevention.

"I was 38; I was too young to get a mammogram, and I found my own lump, so don't wait until you're 40," Lange said.

Money raised goes straight to uninsured or underinsured women in the Tri-States to have mammograms.

"The more people that we can get having mammograms, and in Cindi's case, because I was diagnosed at 40, she'll start at 30 or younger. To make those funds available for people who can't afford them, there's no better cause," Stierman said.

"It can happen to you, it can happen to your sister, it can happen to your mother, it can happen to your daughter. It's not just a women's issue. It's everyone's issue, and that's what we want to do with awareness," survivor Kat Fitch said.

The money is still coming in from the walk, but at last check, the total was nearing $6,000, which is enough to pay for more than 20 mammograms.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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