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Day 1: Walkers have first day under their belts

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CBS News 8's Barbara Lee Edwards and meteorologist Matt Baylow will be walking this weekend. Follow the latest on Twitter using #SD3Day and #the3day.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Friday's wet and windy weather was no match for the thousands of people taking part in the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day.

Day 1 of the 60-mile journey kicked off Friday morning with an inspirational ceremony at the Del Mar Fairgrounds attended by 2,300 walkers all united for a single cause.

This is my 10th year of walking in the event, and once again CBS News 8 Meteorologist Matt Baylow is joining in for the entire 60-mile walk.

"Younger and younger women and men are being diagnosed, so there's a cure out there," a walker said.

We're walking to find a cure for a disease that has taken so many loved ones.

"I've been walking since 1998. I started for my sister Kathy," a participant said.

The statistics are sobering. Every 13 minutes, a woman will lose her life to breast cancer.

John Shinar lost his wife Martha to beast cancer over the summer.

"I miss her like every day, every minute," Shinar said.

He has literally crossed the country to participate in all 14 3-Day walks -- 840 miles in all to find a cure.

"These 3-Days, they help bring her back to me. Fourteen (3-Day walks) for me is not enough. I could be doing them every weekend," Shinar said.

I also caught up with Salk researcher Jennifer Ehren and her husband Tom. Ehren was diagnosed in 2011, and as a survivor she is an inspiration to all of us.

"We realize that we're the lucky ones and we caught it early. She's cancer free. We want to keep moving on and spread that hope to everyone else too," Tom said.

At the end of Day 1, 20 miles into our journey, we are looking forward some sunshine Saturday.

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