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Thousands of walks to fight breast cancer

About 4000 people participated in the 24th battle of the American Cancer Society against the Breast Cancer Walk in Hartford…

About 4000 people participated in the 24th battle of the American Cancer Society against the Breast Cancer Walk in Hartford on Sunday morning. NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut were proud to join the community with the inspiring event as official sponsors.


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While the promenade was moved last minute from Bushnell Park to the XL Center, survivors and their families did not stop joining others in the same match.

“It’s inspiring for them to see the number of people affected by the disease and are engaged in the same kind of battle or just support,” says Wendy Matthews, Executive Director of the American Cancer Society.

The 5K time gives money for breast cancer research and early detection is something 39-year-old Cynthia Lopez passionate after finding a lump during a self-test test last year.

“If you feel a bit of lump, a big lump, some kind of lump, go and be controlled because you never ever know,” said Lopez.

Shirrie Henry cared for her mother when she struggled for the disease for several years. She said losing her two years ago was devastating. Now she volunteered in her memory.

“I just want to come out and support those who are survivors, their family members, caregivers,” Henry said. “So, just to go with everyone and show support.”

Both women said they would find comfort in new and unexpected ways.

“It’s as if we’re together as a big old family,” Lopez said.

“It’s just my heart to be here,” Henry said. “I am honoured”.

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