TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-An estimated 2,160 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 in Kansas and Sunday, nearly 2,000 walkers took strides against this disease.
In January 2011, Tina Bichler's doctor informed her that she had breast cancer.
"I think after you hear the word 'cancer', he still talked, for another 5-10 minutes, after that and I don't remember hearing anything, you just hear the cancer word and then that's it," says Tina.
Now, Tina is a breast cancer survivor.
"I survived 2 years and I hope to survive a whole lot longer," says Tina.
And that's what brings her to American Cancer Society's 4th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Participants dressed in pink swarmed the streets surrounding the Statehouse. They say this 5k walk is a special one.
"Because I know someone personally, that has gone through it and is surviving, so its a lot more meaningful than just signing up to walk with my friends," says 5k participant, Nicki Hensyel.
"My niece that has breast cancer is young, she's in her early 30s, she's been fighting it for almost a year now, and last week its moved up to stage 4. She has 2 little kids so its been very tough for her," says 5k participant, Dee Sanner.
Nearly 2,000 walkers crossed the finish line in hopes to raise awareness and help bring an end to this disease .
"Get mammograms and early detection: that's really important," says Tina.
After taking a walk in her shoes, Tina says there isn't a better feeling than inspiring others.
"It feels good," says Tina.
13 News' Amanda Lanum emceed the event. There was no registration fee to participate, but walkers were encouraged to raise $100 or more to help the society fund life saving breast cancer research.