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Steppin’ Out in Pink celebrates breast cancer survivors

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – More than 6,200 people stepped out in pink Saturday to help cure breast cancer.

Gundersen Medical Foundation's Steppin' Out in Pink has raised more than $2 million in its eight years in La Crosse.

The 5-mile walk funds local breast cancer research, and screenings for uninsured and underinsured patients in the La Crosse area.

"The other nurse navigator and I meet people at time of diagnosis. It's probably the toughest time in their life. To be able to see them at a different point in their journey and celebrate is very heartwarming," said Lonna Theede, a nurse navigator at Gundersen Health System's Center for Breast Care.

Survivors walked with friends, family and co-workers.

Some walkers honored a loved one who lost their life battling breast cancer. Others celebrated their anniversary of remission.

"Every year is special. I guess looking back though on the whole decade it's just amazing everything I've been through in the (past) 10 years. The longer you're out, the better you feel," said Cheri Niedzwiecki, a 10-year breast cancer survivor.

Final totals are not out yet, but already this year's event raised more than $100,000 online, alone.

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