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Mercedes-Benz sponsors breast cancer walk

Mercedes-Benz will be sponsoring an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, according to a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle.

This is a special cause for some that work at this company because they have experienced breast cancer first-hand.

"My step mother lost her battle with breast cancer four years ago last month and my friends knew how much it meant to me and started walking with me. Now, one year ago this month, I found out I had breast cancer and more friends and now customers started to walk in my name," said Sonya Hallmark, a business manager at Mercedes-Benz.

In 2010, the company raised about $11,000 for breast cancer through similar efforts.

Breast cancer affects more than 200,000 new female patients every year, while about 2,000 men each year are diagnosed with the same disease. BreastCancer.org reports that the illness affects one out of every eight women in America. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 receive yearly mammograms in order to detect cancer at the earliest time possible.
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