Making Strides of Lincoln hosts breast cancer awareness walk
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Over 700 people gathered at Holmes Lake Sunday to bring awareness to a fight that many continue to battle.
An organization called Making Strides of Lincoln hosted their annual walk in October for breast cancer awareness month.
The local group is part of the national organization Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, which hosts similar events across the country.
The celebration kicked off with food trucks, games and more.
Hundreds gathered at the starting line to walk and raise awareness.
One of the coordinators said that while the event is for a good cause, it can be bittersweet.
“It is very emotional in a lot of ways,” said Sarah Frederick, cancer survivor and co-chair of Making Strides of Lincoln. “To see how many people are affected by this, in some ways, it kind of makes you upset. I don’t want more people to have to deal with this.”
Christina Lovercheck is currently fighting breast cancer, and attended the event with her family and friends.
She said the walk was a way to bring a positive light to a difficult situation.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” Lovercheck said. “I think it’s definitely needed as I’m still going through the fight. Seeing other women that have made it through and are doing amazing is great to see.”
Lovercheck’s son Maddox said the event made him realize how many other people are in a similar situation.
“There’s multiple people here just because of breast cancer, and families, and they were dealing with the same thing my mom did,” Maddox said.
They have a year-long goal of raising $100,000.
The money will go to multiple organizations to support cancer patients, survivors and caregivers throughout every step of the cancer journey.
As of Sunday, they had raised over $95,000.
For Lovercheck, the emotional support was what mattered most.
“I don’t know that I could put it into words,” she said. “There’s not a word it just, it feels good.”
To help Making Strides of Lincoln meet their fundraising goal, click here.