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Steppin’ Out in Pink, the Gundersen Medical Foundation’s annual fundraiser to fight cancer, set a couple of records when it attracted 6,400 participants Saturday.

The 13th annual event, in which participants walk roughly five miles through La Crosse, set a record for breast cancer survivor participants — 480 — and for the number of teams that participated — 372. More than 1,000 people volunteer to help organize the event in advance, staff the route on the day of the walk and work in education tents during the event.

The $400,000 raised in connection with the event pushed the total tally since Steppin’ Out began to $5.2 million.

Proceeds will continue to:

  • Help fund breast cancer research at the Gundersen Medical Foundation, including laboratory and outcomes-based research.
  • Provide life-saving mammograms for underinsured and uninsured women.
  • Help pay for basic needs of cancer patients during treatment, including food, transportation and lodging expenses.
  • Contribute financially to numerous breast cancer awareness programs, such as the Living in Pink Support Group and the Survivorship Clinic.
  • Educate cancer center staff on cutting-edge technology and treatments.

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