JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Call it a passion for pink, or steps to survive. But every man, woman and child in this crowd will tell you, it's a fight. "I want to help find a cancer cure. So not only our daughter can have it, but that everyone can have the same outcome," said Chuck Downey.
For some the battle has just began. "She is 26, plugging along dealing with it, and she is doing good," said Jackie Downey.
Others hope their war is coming to an end. "I've gone through chemo, had a mastectomy and I am currently in radiation," said Tracy Coleman.
But no matter how breast cancer has touched you, they say the only way through it is together. "Tough, it's tough for everybody. But I had a lot of support around me and a lot of love," said Coleman.
Many here walk to remember those who lost the fight. "It was a tremendous loss to us. Our mother was the foundation of the family. She was our backbone," said Deirdre Debman.
But they know the lives lost were not in vain. "Go get tested. Get your mammogram. Do your self breast exams. Early detection is the key," said Debman.
It's becasue of them so many more win. "We are walking for a good cause. And we hope someday there is a cure," said Jackie. And together they will continue to walk in pink until everyone with breast cancer can win too.
Every year eight million people walk nationwide in Making Stride events to help raise 460-million dollars to fight breast cancer.