Lisa Johnson becomes emotional when she thinks of the support she received from family and friends during her cancer battle.…
Lisa Johnson becomes emotional when she thinks of the support she received from family and friends during her cancer battle.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of strangers released their voices to their support system.
58-year-old Orlando woman was among those who walked and drove 5 kilometers around the Eola area to honor those who suffered from breast cancer.
The event raises money for the US Cancer Association’s efforts to investigate the disease and educate the public about detection.
Last year, the competition increased more than $ 650,000 and saw 55,000 people under the pink banner reading “FINISH.”
For Johnson 58, it was the first time since she was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after Christmas last year.
She has regularly undergone chemotherapy sessions.
The race “makes you realize that life is so easy when you have family behind you,” Johnson said grossly tears when asked about his followers in the race. “Without that, you probably did not get through it.”
The target group in the race was hardly a cruel event.
Runners took themselves with friends and family members.
Crowds cheered the runners as they approached T-shirts that either represented a running team or group or included popular words like “Save the Tatas” and “Real Men Rock Pink.”
The bowl became harder when a runner or runner was wearing a sash that read “Survivor.”
“It matters a lot to me,” said Noemi Hernandez, who tore up when she heard the crowd.
Hernandez credits her faith in God by helping her survive the seven years since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
The diagnosis came 13 years after she had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
“It sent me to the hospital but I’m still here,” said Hernandez. “I want to thank God. He gave me the strength and I’m here because of him. “
Faye McLean said it’s been hard to see her friend go through breast cancer treatment
But what has made it more tolerable is that McLean and her close friend hold their faith as she does.
” There is so much struggle, “said McLean, Kissimmee.” Survivors trust in their faith and know that there is a higher power. It has kept her on her way. “
When Shawn Barnett crossed the finish line, she said when she saw a large number of people whom she did not know in support of her, through cheers and encouraging words, she reminded her that she has allies in her travel since she recovered from 1998 with lymphoma.
“It’s amazing and encouraging and it gives you hope,” she said. “They let you know you’re not alone and you’re not the only one who thinks about it or worry about it.”
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