Saturday morning, with the temperature in the upper fifties and the skies clear, scores of people took part in the 1st Annual “Going the Extra Mile” walk in support of battling breast cancer and bringing awareness to the disease, raising $2,500.
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The town also went pink all over, with businesses and homes showing support by pinking up whatever they could on their properties. The extra mile refers to the fourth mile walkers in Bunnell were willing to make as part of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walks that take place elsewhere.
In Daytona Beach, the event is a 3.2-mile walk. Mayor Catherine Robinson, who took part in the event, said several survivors were also among the walkers, as were participants of all ages. As Judi Stetson, the city’s special projects director, described it, there were children in strollers and people with canes and all ages in between.
One of the participants, Angela Hamilton, described the scene:
“Over 160 walkers adorned in pink attire gathered together along with several children and some dogs to walk four miles in an effort to raise awareness and support breast cancer research. There were teams and individuals walking along with several breast cancer survivors.
“There was even a band (Tarnished Halo), whose lead singer is a breast cancer survivor providing entertainment. Walkers filled out pink slips of paper in memory of those who have passed on or in honor of those who are survivors and attached them to a fence. By the end of the walk the fence was covered in pink papers blowing in the wind, which shows just how many people are affected constantly by cancer.
“Also at the conclusion of the walk, breast cancer survivors were announced and a group picture was taken as a testament that breast cancer isn’t always a death sentence. The group managed to raise over $2,500 to be donated to the American Cancer Society. If you missed it this year, don’t worry because this event is surely going to be an annual event that happens for many years to come.”
A few more pictures, courtesy of Judi Stetson: