Hundreds Sport Pink For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

More than 30 teams signed up for this year’s event

Each year, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

And currently, there is no cure.

To help raise funding for research, The American Cancer Society held a walk here in Sioux Falls.

“My 4-year-old didn’t want to wear the shirt, because he said ‘Mommy boys don’t wear pink, but I said honey, today they do’,” says Crystal Erickson.

There was no short supply of pink in downtown Sioux Falls, as hundreds walked from the Hilton Garden Inn, to Falls Park and back; all to support breast cancer survivors.

“It’s great to have support here; it really gives me strength and gets me through my treatment,” says Erickson.

Erickson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I can deal with the treatments; I’m doing well with chemo.”

She says the hardest part has been recovering from her surgery back in July.

“I couldn’t see my kids for a few weeks and that was the hardest because that is what felt like cancer fired me from being a mom,” says Erickson. “But I fought back, I’m doing well.”

And Erickson isn’t alone.

Multiple survivors participated in the American Cancer Society’s Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

“It’s just being with people that have been through your journey and see the support you get,” says Donna Boyda, who has been cancer free for 17 years.

“It feels great every day.”

“Oh my gosh, if I had the positive attitude that they have every day, my life would be so much better,” says Stacey Kracht with the American Cancer Society. “They’re such an encouragement and inspiration.”

More than 30 teams signed up for this year’s event, a record number compared to the last two years.

“Sioux Falls definitely comes together for a good cause,” says Kracht. “I feel like everyone here has a passion from some good cause, whether it’s breast cancer awareness, or whatever it is, we have a great community.”

According to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website the 271 participants have raised $12,327 so far.

The money will go toward breast cancer research.