Despite the cold temperatures and windy chill, thousands gathered in Howard Park Saturday morning for the ninth "Making Strides" walk for the cure of breast cancer.
It's a 5K around the St. Joseph river in South Bend that kicks off at Howard Park. By 8 a.m. the grassy field along the river was packed with hundreds of people wearing pink t-shirts, wigs, hats, scarves, jackets, pants--you name it and it was pink.
Organizers behind the walk said that a lot of people in the area show their support because it's an easy and visible way to make a difference. Talk to everyone in attendance and they've been touched by friends or family members who have gone through cancer treatment, or they recognize the importance of prevention.
It's events like the American Cancer Society's walks that help spread awareness about the disease and hopes to remind those who have cancer that they are not alone in their fight, and to remind those who don't have it to get regular breast exams.
This is the sixth year that Hanah Tepe has organized the event, she said every year it grows more and more every year. According to Tepe, the Making Strides walk is the largest breast cancer event in the area in October. The organization raised more than $50,000 in online donations before the event kicked off, but Tepe anticipates total funds raised to near $190,000.