Breast Cancer Awareness month begins with special walk in Green Bay

Posted at 6:28 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-01 19:28:46-04

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Wisconsin walkers kicked that off in a big way Saturday morning.

The American Cancer Society hosted the 8th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Lambeau Field today, with hundreds walking in support of breast cancer survivors.

The fight against breast cancer is a difficult battle in many ways, according to survivors.

"Physically, emotionally, financially," said Tami Adams of Green Bay, who was diagnosed in June.

She and her husband Jon participated in today's walk, with her husband sporting a shirt that said, "My wife's battle is my battle."

"It's about protecting the people you love," said Jon. "No one should do this alone, so that's why I'm here supporting her."

Dr. William Owens, Director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, spoke before the event, sharing stories of survivors and advice for preventing the disease.

"An event like this is a perfect way to show these patients that they're not alone," he said.

In addition to treating breast cancer patients, Dr. Owens also helps with support groups.

"This allows patients to ask questions, it allows them to share their insight," he explained.

The support from family, friends, and fellow survivors helps survivors move forward, they said. 

"It means everything," said Jenny Vanlanen of Green Bay, who was also diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Her sister, Sue Stone, battled and beat a different form of cancer.

"Just having someone at every appointment with you is so important, don't do it alone," Sue said.

Breast cancer can potentially be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet and good weight, along with getting checked by your doctor if the disease runs in your family, according to Dr. Owens.

The event today raised over $87,000 for the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research.