Thousands gather at Day Air Ballpark for the American Cancer Society Walk – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

DAYTON — At least 10,000 people gathered in Dayton on Saturday for the American Cancer Society‘s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Day Air Ball Park.

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The walk is held every October to help raise funds and promote breast cancer awareness, according to Benjamin Banning, senior director of development for the Dayton Greater Market for the American Cancer Society.

“It affects so many women,” Banning told News Center 7. “A quarter of a million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year. We came together today (Saturday) with our rose to raise funds essential for breast cancer research to benefit programs and services that help our patients in the Dayton area.

“One in eight women in her lifetime will hear the words ‘you have breast cancer,'” said Lenora Oeters, executive director of the American Cancer Society. “We currently have $71 million funded in breast cancer research, patient support programs, getting people to and from the treatment they need.”

Many people participated in the walk in honor of loved ones who died of breast cancer.

One man tells us he’s been doing it for nine years and loves it.

“My sister fought breast cancer three times, she lost it this last time,” Daryl said. “My mother beat him twice. So, I’m pretty passionate about it.

Nearly 10,000 people participated in last year’s march.

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