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Breast Cancer Awareness month highlighted during Gainesville walk

By on October 17th, 2012

Tiffany Johnson, a breast cancer survivor, celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness month with her friends and family, including her preschool-aged daughter, Ti-Andra, by attending the annual American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Gainesville.

The event drew many breast cancer patients, survivors and supporters.

“It means a lot to me,” Johnson said. “It makes me feel good to support the cause whether I’m going through it or not.”

The University of Florida gymnastics team also attended to show their support. Gators head coach Rhonda Faehn said she got chills thinking about how many people were at the walk.

“It is so inspirational,” Faehn said. “When one woman came up to me and said, ‘I just had my mammogram, and I’m 24 years cancer-free,’ I almost started crying because that is what it’s all about.”

Dawn Griffis, who has been cancer-free for 10 months, felt encouraged by the long-term survivors. At the end of the day, she said, there’s one important saying for cancer patients to remember.

“Just don’t give up hope,” Griffis said. “Don’t give up hope.”

Sara Drumm edited this story online.


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