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16th annual 'Making Strides' Against Breast Cancer Walk breaks records

2018 Making Strides Walk
Posted at 5:27 PM, Oct 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 15:07:20-04

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The 16th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk broke records this year.

The American Cancer Society estimates about 5,500 people participated, which is 1,000 more than last year.

KGUN9 spoke to survivors, like Amy Luckett who overcame being diagnosed with an aggressive stage 2 cancer around Mother’s Day.

“I’m only new to not having chemo for a couple weeks now, but it’s so much better. So much better,” Sim-Luckett told KGUN9.

She has been in remission for almost 3 weeks now.

“I’m a survivor in the sense that I don’t have any more chemo, but I haven’t made my first year yet. I’m only just starting,” she added.

In fact a year-and-a-half ago she was told she had an aggressive form of stage two breast cancer.

“It was a real hard kick in the stomach. My husband and I broke down and there was a lot of concern that I wasn’t going to make it,” she said.

Luckett is one of many women in her family who has survived cancer.

“My grandmother’s a survivor. My mother’s a survivor. My sister’s a survivor. So, it was eventually going to come to me,” Luckett added.

Her optimistic and humorous attitude, was able to help her overcome the diagnosis and think about the future.

“You gotta put that out of your head and just think if the moment, think of the day, and think forward,” she said.

She says her family also played a big role in her successful battle against breast cancer.

“I had so much support with family and friends, and it’s amazing how people just come out of the woodwork to give you support. To rise you up, she added.”

Amy says will be living her best life, looking forward to next year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and encourages those in the fight to never give up and live in the present.

“Life is a gift. Every day is a gift from God, that’s why they call it the present,” she told KGUN9.

The walk has raised about $140,000 out of the $200,000 goal. However, donations can still be made through December. For more information on how you can help the American Cancer Society reach its goal, click here.