La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - For the previous seven years, Gundersen Health System has joined area businesses and thousands of community members to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer through Steppin Out in Pink. This past Saturday was no different as a record 6,600 walkers from all over the area donned their pink garments and joined 350 breast cancer survivors to participate in the 8th annual Steppin' Out in Pink.
As of Tuesday, $400,000 has been raised through this year's Steppin' Out in Pink with pledges still coming in. Through its eight years of existence, Steppin' Out in Pink has brought in $2.3 million to fund the breast cancer research initiatives at Gundersen Medical Foundation; provide assistance to breast cancer patients in need, subsidizing mammogram's for the uninsured and underinsured patients in our region; and lending support to the services of the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care. Last year a then-record 5,600 walkers help raise more than $370,000.
"I am amazed that every year Steppin' Out in Pink continues to get bigger. If someone would have told us after the first Steppin' Out in Pink in 2006 that someday we would have 6,600 people participating, I wouldn't have believe them," comments Debbie Kroner, Gundersen Medical Foundation special events manager and Steppin' Out in Pink chair. "It is great to see families, friends, businesses and the surrounding communities come together for a common goal – raising awareness and money to detect and defeat breast cancer. It is because of their passion and commitment to this cause that we continue to raise more money every year and continue to make advances to detect and defeat breast cancer."
The 9th annual Steppin' Out in Pink is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.
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