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Thousands walk in Perrysburg to fight breast cancer

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About 300,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Nearly 40,000 women died of the disease in 2013 but thousands of people in our region are fighting back. They'll join forces this weekend for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Levis Commons in Perrysburg. The American Cancer Society has been working to finish the fight against cancer for more than a century. The walk this Saturday raises money to help find a cure and to help local patients.

Tonight we introduce you to one of the women on the front lines of this fight. Deb Buker is the Editor of the Perrysburg Messenger Journal. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and she will never forget the day she got the news, "I thought of my family first. I have a wonderful husband and my son was a freshman in high school at the time and my daughter was a senior. I thought to myself, I want to see my children graduate."

Chemotherapy, radiation and a mastectomy helped Deb win the fight. Almost fifteen years later she is cancer free and a passionate volunteer for the American Cancer Society, "I want to be able to say I helped find a cure by working at these fundraisers. It is a scary journey. You never forget the journey. In fact I don't think a day goers by that I don't think I am so glad I am here!"

Thousands of people will fill Levis Commons for the walk.  Deb is the honorary survivor. The cancer diagnosis motivated Deb to not only donate to the American Cancer Society but to head up several events. One of the many ways Deb raises money is an event called Bark for Life. It was inspired by one of her dogs who stayed by her side throughout the fight "She is no longer with us but she was always there for me. She was my guardian angel, so Bark for Life is a dog walk to honor our four legged friends who help us get through our cancer battles. So far we've raised $45,000. "

Marcia Clark is also a breast cancer survivor. She is the community events specialist for the local American Cancer Society office, "It's a very powerful day to have everyone around you who supports you and loves you and cares about you. It's a great day, there is nothing that can replace those three hours. I wish it lasted longer!"

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is Saturday, May 10th from 8:30 am-11 am at Levis Commons.  They're expecting more than 6,000 people and they hope to raise $125,000. There's still plenty of time to sign up or donate. Click here to get involved.  On a side note, Bark for Life is this September 7th at  Ft. Meigs in Perrysburg.

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