“We are survivors!” Celebrating life at the 20th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- One step at a time they were making a difference as thousands gathered for the 20th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Make no mistake this is a party, a celebration of survival.

"My name is Chery Phifer and I'm a 3 1/2 year survivor," said Chery Phifer, breast cancer survivor.

"My name is Dennis Subcheck and I'm a 1 1/2 year survivor," said Dennis Subcheck, breast cancer survivor.

"I'm Joleen Howgan and I'm a 4 1/2 year survivor," said Joleen Howgan, breast cancer survivor.

Each bravely fought breast cancer and today, they party!

This is the biggest year yet with more than 6,000 folks making strides against breast cancer at the 20th annual event on Milwaukee's lakefront.

"The support that we see for breast cancer survivors, honoring loved ones lost to the disease and then just coming out and celebrating the day," said Event Manager, Cody Allen.

"It was a long journey so it feels good to finally say cancer free and survivor," said Gina Karas, breast cancer survivor.

Gina Karas was just 27 years old when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer.

"I'm a prime example and a lot of women are that. It doesn't matter how old you are. Cancer can come at any age, it's really important to do your self checks," said Karas.

Gina leaned on her mother for support who is also a survivor.

"Both survivors, we're both here. Both celebrating," said Jill Karas, breast cancer survivor.

And both in pink spreading awareness, inspiring hope and cheering on those who've won.

"We are survivors," said a participant in the walk.

Event organizers estimate more than $450,000 being raised at this year's Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

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