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Hundreds walk to end breast cancer in Queensbury
QUEENSBURY -- Danielle Volks was just 28 when she learned she had breast cancer. At a young age she never thought she would find a lump, but after a biopsy confirmed her worst fears, she took action.
"I had a lumpectomy, followed by chemo therapy, and radiation, and then I was on my way to living my life and my goal was always to have my child because at the time of my diagnosis my husband and i were planning to start our family," she says.
"To go through what she went through is hard to see and it brought us together a little bit more, a little bit closer as a family," her husband Peter tells us.
5 and a half years later she's the proud mother of a 1 year old son, and taking steps to end the disease that almost took her life.
"It is important as a young woman to be aware of your breasts and changes and lumps, and to know what is going on, to be aware to do self breast exams every month and to go to your doctor immediately if you feel something suspicious."
She's one of the co-chairs for the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K" walk in Queensbury. All the money raised is going to help those battling the disease get the vital services like transportation and support they need to overcome it.
"These walks help the women and the men that get diagnosed with breast cancer in the capital region, and mainly in the Queensbury area that need our programs and services down in our Latham area, to overcome a cancer diagnosis," Hillary Wetzel with the American Cancer Society tells us.
October, Breast cancer awareness month, may be coming to an end, but these men and women are just getting started with each stride.
Since 1993, 8 million walkers have raised more than 450 million dollars to help save lives. This year the American Cancer Society is celebrating it's 100 year anniversary.