BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A record-breaking fundraiser in the fight against breast cancer. Sunday, thousands of people in Baltimore raised half a million dollars.

Adam May has more.

More than 7,000 Marylanders are making strides against breast cancer. A four-mile walk included many survivors.

“When I first found out that I had breast cancer my daughter just went to college. I was a single parent,” Zalorie Lightner said. “We were both devastated.”

That was 10 years ago. Now, Lightner is part of this growing fundraiser for the American Cancer Society where pink was the color of the day!

“I have friends who survived breast cancer, and I know people who lost people to breast cancer,” Haryean Lambert said. “We just really wanted to support.”

As part of our Community Committment, WJZ is a proud sponsor.

“Today, the American Cancer Society hopes to turn this great awareness into positive action,” said WJZ anchor/reporter Jessica Kartalija.

This year, supporters raised $500,000.

“We’re raising funds that are restricted to breast health to make sure we’re able to provide programs to patients that have been touched as well as their caregivers,” Gloria Jetter of the American Cancer Society said. “And making sure we’re taking care of our advocacy efforts, as well as making sure we’re investing in research.”

Their goal is to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. For Lightner, the fight isn’t over.

“You never know when breast cancer will affect someone in your family,” Lightner said.

The American Cancer Society has granted more than $4 million to Maryland hospitals researching a cure for breast cancer.


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