Breast cancer survivors walk Cleveland streets to raise money for American Cancer Society

5K walk begins and ends at First Energy Stadium

CLEVELAND - Visitors to First Energy Stadium are used to seeing the colors brown and orange on football Sundays.

Pink was the dominating color Saturday outside the stadium, however, as hundreds of breast cancer survivors and supporters gathered for the eleventh annual American Cancer Society "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 5K walk.

The goal of the walk was to increase awareness and raise funds that help provide free resources and support to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Money raised will also help with research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer and to provide mammograms.

Participants walked the streets of downtown Cleveland on their journey that ended right back where they started at First Energy Stadium.

Officials hoped to raise $200,000 at Saturday's walk.

"It's a time that we come out, we celebrate our breast cancer survivors and really unite as a community to fight back against cancer," said American Cancer Society income development representative Caroline Wamelink.

Annette Goolsby of Cleveland participated in her first "Making Strides" walk with family, friends and co-workers.

For Annette, breast cancer is a cause that is "very close to her heart, so to speak." She is a one month breast cancer survivor. Her sister is a two year survivor.

Annette learned a valuable piece of information at Saturday's walk: she's not alone.

"Some days are better than others so we need the support and this day is a great day because I'm meeting women that I can reach out to when my days are not good," said Annette.

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