Making Strides Against Breast Cancer set for Saturday

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Kathleen Blake is celebrating nine years of being cancer free.

"My positivity is what got me through," she explained.

From the dreaded diagnosis to months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, Blake is a warrior and survivor.

"It's such a relief, and you try to get your life back together again."

Part of that rebuilding process for Blake is participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Lambeau Field.

"It's really a day where you can celebrate the survivors, certainly support those who are still fighting and remember those that we've lost." 

At this year's event, Blake is also part of the Pink Powerhouse Pull. She's teaming up with other survivors and caregivers to pull a semi truck 20 feet. It's a symbolic event.

"Show how strong we are and can beat this cancer." 

Jeff Schofield is also raising funds for the American Cancer Society as part of the Real Men Wear Pink portion of the event.

"To me, it's important that we cease cancer so people don't have to go through the trials and tribulations that my aunt did."

Schofield's aunt survived and now the Senior Vice President of Associated Bank sits atop the leader board after collecting over $7,000 in donations. It's money that will fund breast cancer research, patient support services, and early detection and prevention.   

"Since 1989, we've seen a decrease of 38%, so it is amazing and that results into almost 300,000 lives that are saved," said Shannon Thompson, Community Manager at the American Cancer Society in Green Bay.

Still, organizers say more needs to be done. They're encouraging the community to join the walk and have some fun.

"The energy of excitement and the energy of doing something good and the energy of giving back, it's really contagious," said Schofield.

Thousands of walkers are expected to participate to show breast cancer patients and survivors that no one walks alone.

"We just have to continue to fight and beat this thing," said Blake.

The 2.5 mile Making Strides walk is on Saturday, October 14th. Registration starts at 7:30am inside the Lambeau Field Johnsonville Tailgate Village. The walk begins at 9:00am. There will also be kids activities, a tailgate party with live music, and much more.

NBC26's Cassandra Duvall is proud to serve as one of the Pink Powerhouse Pull participants. 

The goal for Green Bay is to raise $155,000. The following week, Appleton is hosting its Making Strides Againt Breast Cancer walk on October 21st.
 

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