EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Thursday night, hundreds of people in Monroe County walked to raise awareness and support those battling the deadly disease.
A sea of pink paraded through East Stroudsburg University’s campus for the 21st annual Pink Light Walk. From pink feather boas to bows on dogs, participants walked in unison, remembering friends and loved ones fighting breast cancer.
“My grandmother, who was a very important person in my life, died of breast cancer at the young age of 57. That has made such a lasting impression on me,” Lisa Goldner of Stroudsburg said.
“My Aunt Chris, she had breast cancer, my grandmother had breast cancer, as well as my mom’s best friend has breast cancer as well so today I’m walking for all three of them,” ESU Health and Wellness Acting Director Laura Suits-Dolan said.
The university and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono teamed up to lead the cause. The free event featured education tables with interactive programs and the hospital’s mobile mammogram unit.
“Being together as a community and really having a cause to fight for is what we’re here to do,” Suits-Dolan said.
Stroudsburg resident Zoraida Camacho is a breast cancer survivor. She noticed a lump during a routine check. An action that saved her life.
“If I would not have felt that, right now I would not be here talking to you. Because i never thought that was gonna hit me,” Camacho said.
Now she’s an advocate, encouraging everyone to stay proactive about their health and get screened on a regular basis, all to raise awareness of a disease that affects so many.
“Anything that we do as a community to help promote this and bring awareness about breast cancer is important,” Goldner said.