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Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk against breast cancer begins Friday

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News 8's Barbara-Lee Edwards takes part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk and she shares her experiences over the years from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – Hundreds of people, dressed in pink, were up early Friday for the “Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure” opening ceremonies in Del Mar.

San Diego has the largest turnout every year of any city in the nation – drawing walkers from all over.

Participants in the annual walk raise money to help pay for breast cancer research and services by collecting sponsorships from friends, family and colleagues.

This year was News 8’s Barbara Lee-Edwards’ 15th year walking 20 miles a day for three days. She joined the hundreds of others who have their own compelling reason for participating.

Day one, which had picture-perfect weather, took walkers all the way down the coast – as hundreds of others cheered them along the route.

Among the participants was a firefighter who traveled all the way from Chicago. He walked with his mother who is a cancer survivor.

Every day, one woman dies in San Diego from breast cancer, but walkers are making a difference by raising at least $2,300 each. It is money that goes to breast cancer treatment and prevention. Since 2005, the San Diego 3-Day has raised $120 million in the fight to end breast cancer.

Walkers wearing pink clothing and accessories will walk for about 20 miles a day, camping out overnight in pink tents provided by organizers. The roughly 60-mile, three-day route runs from Del Mar to downtown San Diego, where a closing ceremony will be held on Sunday.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Goodman Brinker in memory of her sister, who died of breast cancer in 1980 at age of 36. 

More information is available at: www.the3day.org.

News 8's Heather Myers interviews participants who came out to walk against breast cancer at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

Participants are at the finish line to walk against breast cancer at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

 Participants are at the finish line to walk against breast cancer at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

 Participants are at the finish line to walk against breast cancer at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

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