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Thousands participate in Portland More Than Pink Walk

Human Interest

Jennifer Hoff emceed the event

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of people descended on the Waterfront Park Sunday morning as they gathered for the Susan G. Komen More than Pink walk.

KOIN 6 News’ very own Jennifer Hoff emceed the event as thousands of people come to support the cure against breast cancer.

Survivors young and old, people currently in the fight, and the communities supporting them took over Waterfront Park in a sea of color against a gray morning.

“You feel very isolated with cancer,” said survivor Christina Keneipp. “People try to understand but it’s a hard thing when you haven’t gone through it.”

Someone who walked were like Keneipp, who is about to celebrate their first anniversary cancer-free. Others shared a story like Diana, who has been walking for decades. “It’s emotional to see how many survivors there are,” she said.

They all shared a message of hopeโ€”of a world without breast cancer that maybe isn’t so far away.

“Events like this really just show other survivors, people who are going through it, even people who might have to in the future that there’s a community,” said Keneipp. “That there’s so much hope and awareness and even now so much research being done. Its just a really neat one of love and just like, hope is the biggest word.”

Money raised supports Komen’s 4 pillars — research, community, action and care. From April 2017 to March 2018, this funding covered 1,727 patient’s screenings and diagnostic tests, 977 patient support services, 422 patient’s treatment access cars, gas lodging and food, and education for over 17,000 people.

The walk has been reimagined from recent years when it was known as the Race for the Cure. The change was made to focus on the fundraising aspect rather than the 5K run.

The walk began at 9:30 a.m. after an opening ceremony.

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