LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds participated in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Kroger Field on Sunday.
The walk raises money for breast cancer research and patient support, according to Ashton Lewis, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society.
"It's super important to know when you are fighting breast cancer that the American Cancer Society is here for you," Lewis said.
The event raised $40,000 from sponsors and Lewis expects thousands more will be raised by walk participants.
The walk also offers support for survivors, she said.
"It just gives them a way to come together in the fight and really feel like they're making a difference," she said.
Survivor Melissa Hicks says she wants to make sure others take care of themselves, because it was early detection of her breast cancer that helped her.
"I'm just so happy to be alive, you know, cancer is such a scary thing, she said, "...but just talk about the importance of regular checkups and keeping your family members informed."