Walk for Hope: Hear their stories, tell us yours

October 17, 2013 | by

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One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. And each year, this reality unites thousands of survivors, families and friends in a truly one-of-a-kind event: City of Hope’s Walk for Hope.

The walk not only raises funds for research into women’s cancers, it’s actually held where new treatments are found and where they save lives: on the City of Hope campus in Duarte, Calif., with cancer patients watching from the windows of the nationally known City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital. With more than 8,000 walkers participating, Walk for Hope celebrates the collaboration between researchers, patients and the community to bring an end to breast and gynecologic cancers.

The annual event benefits City of Hope’s multidisciplinary Women’s Cancers Program. Most special about the event is the location. Walkers feel the power of their contribution as they walk by renowned Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, where promising scientific discoveries are made. That power is amplified as they pass the clinic and the hospital, where women undergo treatment.

The walk is a tribute to those women who have been, and will be, affected by women’s cancers. Participants walk for loved ones and friends, for support, for collaboration, for hope, for cures.

Hear below why these participants are walking on Nov. 3. And then tell us why you walk.

Post a video or photo with the hashtag #whyIwalk to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Vine. The collection of #whyIwalk videos can be found on City of Hope's You Tube and Pinterest pages.

Mary Sadeghy walks for RESEARCH “so no one ever has to hear that they have cancer.”

Fran Rizzi walks for a CURE “because the list of women I adore that have been touched by this disease is far too long.”

Olga Rosas walks for RESEARCH “to help raise funds for the research that has kept me cancer free for 10 years.”