Breast Cancer supporters help make a difference in Terre Haute

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UPDATE: As of Monday morning, the “More Than Pink Walk” had raised over $80,000 in funds. The organization will continue fundraising efforts and accepting donations until Oct. 25.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Whether you’re a breast cancer survivor or currently fighting cancer, everyone needs support.

Support is something breast cancer survivor Angie Marvel said she couldn’t have made it through her fight without. After being diagnosed on July 2, 2012, and after completing many surgeries as well as 38 rounds of chemo radiation, she was able to beat the disease.

“I was in my 30’s when I was diagnosed. Originally when I found the lump, I was told I was too young,” Marvel explained. “Then there’s a lot of people that I have met that lost their battles in their 20’s and 30’s to breast cancer because they said we’re too young. Can can affect anybody.”

This year, Saint Mary of the Wood’s campus hosted over 350 participants for a walk to support breast cancer, with even more joining virtually. Jen Milewski with the Susan G. Komen organization said community support is what drives the organization.

“Raise awareness for the community,” Milewski said. “We want to raise funds for research and we want all those in various stages of their battle to know we’re out here working really hard for you and hopefully they feel the love and support of their community.”

Cancer survivors say organizations like Susan G. Komen helped them during their toughest times.

“I went to the Susan G. Komen off at the Meadows Center and had some amazing women reach out and just help me in my journey and kind of guide me in the right direction of what my next step was going to be and what I was going through and in turn it helped me to help other people,” Marvel said.

This event’s main goal is to help others but it takes a community to do so. Today the community’s support was alive and well.

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