MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Hundreds of people walked across the finish line for the 6th annual Pink Walk on Sunday.
The event took place around 7 a.m. with an opening ceremony followed by the start of the walk at 7:30 a.m. at Miami-Dade College North campus.
The event was organized by the Women’s Breast and Heart Initiative to raise awareness, provide a platform for disease reduction strategies and offer resources to help support prevention and early detection among college students, at-risk women and other targeted communities.
A virtual opportunity was also extended to participants who desired to walk around their own neighborhood or other outdoor location.
The local non-profit organizers estimated that 700 participants came out for the Pink Walk with the goal to raise $100,000 to help raise awareness for both causes.
“We are so delighted to once again bring The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative’s Pink Walk to Miami Dade College and truly thank our sponsors, supporters, and participants,” said Andrea Ivory, WBHI’s founder and executive director.
“Our mission of disease prevention and early detection combats breast cancer and heart disease to realize a better tomorrow,” said Ivory. ”Runners, walkers, and joggers can help transform and save lives, one step at a time, while empowering at-risk women, low-income populations, and college students with the resources necessary to help beat the odds of breast cancer.”
According to a study by cancer.org, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with heart disease.
For nearly two decades, The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative has been a leader in disease prevention and early detection.
Throughout the year, the nonprofit provides those living in South Florida with early detection resources, health education, care coordination and patient navigation to reduce the risks.
For more information about donating to The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative, visit https://flbreasthealth.com/.