ATLANTA, Ga - Hundreds of men and women completed the final leg of a three day walk Sunday at Turner Field in the fight against breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day began Friday at Stone Mountain with about 800 participants walking 20 miles each day. “Lost both my parents to cancer and more recently a dear friend who was 35-years-old to breast cancer,” said Janie Fowler who has participated in the walk for 10 years.
During the 60 mile journey, participants raised $2.2 million for breast cancer research, scientific programs and community based breast health and educational programs. “I am walking so that my granddaughter and her generation will not have to worry about breast cancer,” said Pala Liske a breast cancer survivor who traveled from Michigan to take part in the event.
Kimberly Burns was walking for her mother who she lost three years ago. As she was crossing the finish line her boyfriend dropped down on one knee and proposed. “I am so excited, I am ecstatic,” said Burns.
Carol Ann Payne Johnson has raised more than $100,000 in the 16 years she has participated. “I have had all together 22 friends who have died from breast cancer,” said Payne-Johnson. “I started walking 16 years ago and if one and four woman really get breast cancer as long as I can I am going to keep walking.”
Friends and family cheered as their loved ones crossed the finish line. During a closing ceremony the participants paid tribute to breast cancer survivors.