Nearly six thousand supporters came together on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Concord for the 15th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Greater Charlotte and raised over $508,000.
The Charlotte-based Primax Pink Warriors, led by breast cancer survivor Laura Renegar, remains the number one fundraising team in Charlotte, the Southeast Region and is currently the third largest fundraising team in the nation for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The team of nearly 400 walkers raised more than $123,000 in celebration of its 10th time participating in the walk.
“I am amazed at what the Primax Pink Warriors accomplished this year for Making Strides,” Renegar said. “We are thankful to be able to raise money for the American Cancer Society who does so much for cancer patients. The research they fund will find a cure for cancer. I just know it.”
Renegar’s team was formed five years before she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“My mom passed away from her third bout with breast cancer,” Renegar said. “When I was diagnosed, I was a little shocked but kind of expected it.”
Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women.
“When I was sick and fighting cancer, the best thing I could do is focus on other people,” Renegar said. “To give back, help others in the survivor community, for me has been amazing.”
Since 1993, more than 13 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $810 million nationwide.
According to Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, published by the American Cancer Society, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,610 will die from the disease.
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