ROCHESTER, Minn. – It was a sea of pink on Sunday as hundreds completed the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Walk.
The five-mile walk raises funds and awareness for breast cancer. It’s hosted by Join the Journey, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting breast cancer patients and survivors.
Linda Miller is a 20-year survivor and participated in the walk. She said it’s important for survivors to stay active in the breast cancer community.
“In the beginning you feel very threatened by the diagnosis of breast cancer and so I think it's very helpful for patients to see breast cancers survivor,” she said.
She now mentors people fighting the disease through a group called Pink Ribbon Mentors. She said survivors have a new perspective on life that can be very helpful to people who are going through what they once did.
“You're much more, I think, sensitive to people's needs,” she Miller said. “So I think that's what keeps all of us involved, is that we get good feedback from patients saying oh, I’m so relieved to visit with someone who's had breast cancer.”
Sunday’s breast cancer walk included a survivor photo, raffle, and booths with resources for people fighting the disease. Last year’s Breast Cancer Walk raised over $50,000 for the breast cancer community.