More than 1,000 walk for breast cancer awareness Saturday

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(KTVI)-October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer survivors, their families and friends joined together in Forest Park Saturday for the 6th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. It benefits the American Cancer Society, which provides resources and support for women through their diagnosis and breast cancer treatment.

Cheerleaders and students from Northwest High School were on hand to cheer on participants.

Student Kaitlyn Swim said, "We've had people like a cheer coach and the principal at our school that has had breast cancer so it means a lot to our school to come here and support."

Her principal, Jennifer Younkins, has seen strides made by research. There have been big changes in the treatment of her type of breast cancer thanks in part to the American Cancer Society.

Younkins said, "10 or 15 years ago they didn't have a cure for that. Now they have a treatment that will allow me to live."

Fox 2's Kim Hudson and News 11's Melanie Moon took part. They both have loved ones who've been touched by breast cancer. Melanie lost a good friend to the disease.

Melanie said, "Just being here in her honor… her name is Connnie. She was a very special girl. I'm just here because of her."

Kim added, "I have a cousin who is battling breast cancer and doing well and I really believe it's because of events like this."

Walks were also held in Kansas City and Springfield on Saturday.  In one day they will raise a lot of money.

Stephanie Hadfield, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society, said, "Probably $700,000 collectively across the state of Missouri.”

St. Louis will likely raise about $165,000. of that total.

That money and millions more will be spent by the American Cancer Society on research and services.

Website: Makingstrideswalk.org/stlouismo