PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues and over the weekend, there was a big show of support for cancer survivors.
It came from Steelers players who know what it’s like to be affected by the disease.
Millions of women say there is power in the color pink.
Pink in October has become synonymous with the battle against breast cancer. More than 2,500 braved the elements Saturday morning for the annual walk from Station Square.
“I want people to know that you are not out there alone,” said Linda Robinson who is a breast cancer survivor. “We are here to help you if you need our help.”
After a warm-up of Zumba to Latin music, emcee Jennifer Antkowiak turned the walkers loose from Highmark Stadium.
While some walked, more than 400 others raised money at a brunch in Monroeville.
“All the funds that we get from this prayer brunch go to help black women,” said Jackie Simon with African American Women’s Speakers. “We do not take any money for salaries or anything. It is strictly volunteer work.”
KDKA’s Brenda Waters had a hand in the event too.
“We have a new system this year,” said Waters. “We are doing everything at once, so we are giving all the door prizes out at one time.”
Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and De’Angelo Williams were busy signing autographs the day before the team took down the cardinals.
“It makes me feel, it makes me feel really good because we need more people like him to understand and help people women out — especially women who can’t afford mammograms and everything. So it’s a good thing that he is doing,” said breast cancer survivor Maureen Spezialetti.
Williams lost his mom and four aunts to breast cancer. In addition to the event, he also volunteered to pay for mammograms for 50 women.
“It’s amazing, the passion that everyone has regarding this disease,” said Laura McCurdy with the American Cancer Society. “It’s just an overwhelming feeling that – of pride and gratitude.”