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2nd annual Buddy Check 10 raises over $10K

Buddy Check 10K (Source: WALB) Buddy Check 10K (Source: WALB)
Buddy Check 10K (Source: WALB) Buddy Check 10K (Source: WALB)
Buddy Check (Source: WALB) Buddy Check (Source: WALB)
Raising money for breast cancer awareness (Source: WALB) Raising money for breast cancer awareness (Source: WALB)
Diane Fletcher (Source: WALB) Diane Fletcher (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and WALB News 10 wants to make sure you're doing regular checkups. Saturday morning was a run to raise money for the disease.

Thanks to everyone's support, WALB was able to raise more than $10,000 for Horizons of South Georgia.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women worldwide.

People were decked out in pink, showing how supporting the efforts towards breast cancer awareness and research was as easy as a walk in the park.

Buddy Check is a national awareness campaign that encourages women to call their "buddy" to encourage them to do a self-check breast exam.

"So many women don't understand when they are to be screened for breast cancer or they're afraid or more importantly they don't have the means to pay for mammograms," said Diane Fletcher, CEO of Horizons.

For the second year now, WALB partnered up with the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

Research shows that one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. We've made great strides to find early in the technology we have now. Also if its found early, its curable," said Fletcher.

There are over 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.

"Way for people to honor breast cancer survivors. Or to remember. Unfortunately people have passed away from breast cancer," said Fletcher.

Runners could choose between a 1K, 5K or 10K.

Over 100 people came out for the event.

Proceeds raised from the event will be used to pay for mammograms for women across our region.

Click here to learn how you can schedule a mammogram.

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