Stateline resident Lori Bauch was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2017. Saturday morning, the breast cancer survivor walked with family and friends to helps others that are experiencing what she did.
“It raises great money that can help other folks when they’re in need, going through the same battle that I went through, and also just to support the whole group,” Bauch said.
The American Cancer Society hosted the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Rock Valley College. Many completed the three-mile course decked out in pink from head to toe. Barbara Walk is on the committee that helped organize the event. She wanted to help battle the disease that’s touched her life, as well.
“I have lost actually friends, co-workers, family members, people that I have loved, to the awful, awful disease of cancer,” Walk said.
Together, she believes people can make a difference.
“This is one way that I can tell the community and other people throughout the world that there is a battle, and we can win it if we support each other and if we fight strong,” Walk said.
Support is the reason that Rockford-native Kelli Menz came to the event. She was walking for her friend Janelle, a breast cancer survivor.
“I think it’s always important to get out and support your community, and support the others who are fighting cancer and breast cancer,” Menz said. “Cancer is just an awful thing to go through, so I just think that being out there and supporting them is a wonderful idea.”
For Walk, it was exciting to see the Stateline come together in solidarity.
“You have no idea how my heart smiled seeing everybody come out here and support our fight,” she said.
Last year, about 2,500 people participated in the walk, raising over $155,000 for the American Cancer Society. Organizers estimate that this year, there were about 4,500 walkers trying to help the organization reach it’s fundraising goal of $180,000. You can donate to Making Strides of Rockford here.