Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - 6at4

October 19, 2012 2:53:50 PM PDT
Saturday, thousands will lace up their sneakers for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and run in Fairmount Park.

HealthCheck reporter and registered nurse Ali Gorman introduces us to a survivor walking with a huge team of supporters.

Paula Morris comes from a very large, close-knit clan with family gatherings nearly every weekend. When Paula was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago, losing her family is what she feared most.

Fortunately for Paula, her cancer was caught early, during her routine annual mammogram. She was cured with surgery. Then she started doing what she does best-- organizing by bringing friends and family together to walk in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides event.

She's dubbed her team 'Save the Olives.'

"The 'Olives' are the people I love. So, save the Olives!"

Every year it grows. This year, she has nearly 50 walkers including her 15-year-old daughter's entire field hockey team.

For Paula, the walk is intensely emotional; a day to hear the stories of countless other women.

"It's really tough. It's really hard when they take the big survivor picture up on those steps," Paula told us.

Plus, it's a chance to raise money and awareness to give her battle with the disease meaning.

"I just want to be a part of that. That's why I think I'm here."

The Making Strides Walk and Run is Saturday morning, October 20th, starting at 8 a.m. from Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Paula and her whole team will be there. I'll be there as well and hope you can join us.


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