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3,000+ people participate in annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in downtown Cleveland

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Oct 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-15 13:50:01-04

It's a memory every cancer patient and survivor will never forget -- hearing the words, "you have cancer."

"I was mad. I was angry," said Barbara Lang.

Lang was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago. 

But with the help and support of her family, friends, prayer circles and benefits - she survived.

"I have four kids and a husband. It wasn't going to take me," Lang said.

Now it's her mission to help others.

For the last 10 years, Lang has participated in fundraisers and walks across Northeast Ohio, like the walk hosted in downtown Cleveland on Sunday, the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Nearly 3,000 people, including cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and families of those affected by the disease laced up their shoes and walked around downtown Cleveland to raise awareness for breast cancer.

"Because I'm a survivor, I'm just very happy to be here, to be able to help other people. You get hopeful," said Chris Miller, a five-year survivor.

Team after team put one foot in front of the other during the three-mile walk, all while hoping and praying for a cure.