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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