About 15,000 come out for Miracle Mile breast cancer walk

The 16th annual Miracle Mile Walk Saturday morning raised more than $350,000 for University Health Care System's Mobile Mammography unit and Breast Health Center.
The 16th annual Miracle Mile Walk Saturday morning raised more than $350,000 for University Health Care System's Mobile Mammography unit and Breast Health Center.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The 16th annual Miracle Mile Walk Saturday morning raised more than $350,000 for University Health Care System’s Mobile Mammography Unit and Breast Health Center.

Nearly everyone has known someone with breast cancer. One in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Saturday, University Hospital’s Miracle Mile walk gave the CSRA a chance to come together and celebrate life, while raising awareness and money that will hopefully save lives.

Carrie Ross walked in the Miracle Mile until breast cancer claimed her life three years ago. But her family continues her legacy– walking in the Miracle Mile every year.

“I’m out here with my sister and my niece and my daughter,” said Ross’ sister Beverley Bentley.

They say they haven’t lost hope. But they know their story is one of many– especially among the pink-clad walkers Saturday.

“Everyone’s out here fighting…they can make it,” Bentley said. “And we pray for the families who have lost their loved ones as well.”

They feel that Ross would be proud to see them keep fighting cancer.

“Oh yes…looking down from heaven. Yes! Keeping the cause up,” Bentley said.

But for the countless families who have been affected by the disease, every penny brings us one step closer to ending cancer.

“I’m out here walking for our cancer walk because it’s a great cause,”Bentley said. “And we’ve made great strides, and still we have a ways to go.”

It’ll be a while before we get the final numbers on how much was raised. Last year they raised about $400,000.

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