Survivors, supporters walk to fight breast cancer


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Cooley Law School Stadium was flooded with pink this afternoon. It was for Susan G. Komen’s First Annual ‘More Than Pink’ breast cancer walk.

Some survivors 6 News spoke to today say the support means the world.

“It’s a sisterhood you’d never want to belong to, but once you do, it’s for life,” said Donna Mason, a seven year survivor of breast cancer.

While walking alongside breast cancer survivors, supporters, and those still fighting, Mason knows all too well both the harm and hope the disease can cause.

Now she’s celebrating, but before, it wasn’t so easy.
“Through the whole time that I went through the cancer, the chemotherapy, the radiation, and all of it, they were there to support me,” said Mason.

“I feel blessed and I feel like I’m an inspiration to other women,” said Barbara Bowling, a 45 year survivor of breast cancer.

Bowling says she wants other people fighting to know they’re not alone.

“We’re all family here and we’re all in this fight together,” said Bowling.
Brady Velazquez, the director of events for Komen Michigan, says the walk today raised more than $34,000, all going to support those battling the disease.

“We want to make sure that we’re bringing our community together to walk together as one,” said Velazquez.

As for Mason, she says she doesn’t know where she’d be without the help from those she loves most.

“You can’t do it without having the support of family and friends, and they know how to do it, right gang?,” said Mason.

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