Huge Turnout for Making Strides Cancer Walk
Asbury Park Press
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Lauren Stepnosky can vividly recall the exact moment she got the news that no one ever wants to hear.
"You have (breast) cancer," said Stepnosky, 37, of Atlantic Highlands, repeating the words she remembers her doctor telling her at exactly 6 p.m. on September 25 last year.
Now, nearly 13 months later, Stepnosky can call herself something else: a cancer survivor.
"After 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction last month, I'm here today," Stepnosky told an estimated crowd of 12,000 Sunday morning at the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer five-kilometer walk.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk
"I, unfortunately, didn't jump into their (American Cancer Society) program as I should have; I didn't pay attention to myself," Stepnosky said.
Stepnosky encouraged the walkers, who filled the Arnold Avenue municipal parking lot, to get involved with the American Cancer Society.
"It's about awareness, and it's about help," Stepnosky said. "We are here today in an effort to cancel out breast cancer — all cancer."
American Cancer Society officials estimated Sunday's walk would generate about $1.2 million in donations for breast cancer research.
For Peter Criss, former drummer of the rock band "Kiss," who found out he had male breast cancer and was treated in 2008, the annual walk is a living example that when people pull together for a cause they can figuratively move mountains.
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