Breast cancer walk aims to bring important message to Mid-South

Every year, breast cancer affects millions of women in the county and hits thousands more in the Mid-South.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there’s an important message about the disease, which affects men too.

FOX13′s reporter Dakari Turner was at the scene of the event, learning more.

In just a couple of weeks, as many as 10,000 people are expected to walk down Tiger Lane, to help save lives.

It’s a walk to benefit breast cancer patients and their families.

Now the event is in its 22nd year.

“It’s an opportunity for us to invite out anyone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Elizabeth Ennis, of the American Cancer Society said.

Ennis is with the Memphis office.

The American Cancer Society stresses that more awareness is needed in this predominantly Black city.

Their research showed breast cancer is the leading cause of death in Black women, who are also 41% more likely to die from the disease than White people.

“Here in Memphis... we have several things that impact patients and advocates,” Ennis said.

Curtis Pettis is part of a group of men, called “Real Men Wear Pink”, raising money for breast cancer awareness.

“This disease, it has no gender. It’s more predominant in women, but men can get it as well,” Pettis said.

He, and 35 others, are working to raise a combined $225,000 through grassroots efforts.

“I haven’t lost any family member to breast cancer. But it’s the pain. I relate to the pain,” Pettis said.

“It gives the men in the community an opportunity to show their support,” Ennis said.

The walk is set to take place on Oct. 16 at Tiger Lane, starting at 1:30 PM, and the actual work begins at 3 PM.

The goal is to raise $400,000.

Registration is free.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s website to learn more by clicking here.

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