Thousands of Florida residents don pink while walking for a cure
Oct 31, 2011
Thousands of Florida residents gathered for the annual 3-Day for the Cure, which is a 60-mile walk over the span of three days this past weekend, according to St. Petersburg Times.
One woman, Anita Black, was unable to raise the minimum $2,300 to enter the three-day walk. Her 14-year-old grandson, Jon Viereck, held up a sign along the 60-mile route that read "Redneck mama is $600 short of reaching goal," and by Sunday they had reached that goal, according to the news source.
By the end of the third day, nearly 1,500 walkers crossed the finish line, and $3.9 million was raised to help find a cure for breast cancer, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 survivors in the U.S.