EL CENTRO - Amy Breehl forms part of that large percentage of cancer survivors. She was diagnosed just 8 months ago and today, she is cancer-free. She says that it was events like these ones that helped her get through some of the toughest times in her life.
Amy beat cancer, celebrated her birthday and bought a house, all this year. She says that she now tries to be an example for those that are going through what she already experienced.
"I consider myself an inspiration to others", she says. "I have two beautiful daughters to provide for and cancer, when you hear the word cancer it's the worst nightmare you think, but you just can't give up, you never give up. You cannot lose your faith, you have to stay positive to get you through and with the American Cancer Society and the support I received, I made through just fine".
That support was at it again, as many showed up bright and early at The Imperial Valley Mall early on Saturday morning. Some ran, some walked but they all did their part to help out the Cancer community.
"It's so heart-warming to see so many people come together to help those of us who've been through cancer and suffered through cancer", says Amy. "To have everybody here is amazing. The turnout, even though it's our first event, it is a smaller event right now, it's just the beginning. To see everybody come out and support cancer treatment is just amazing".
The 5K Run and 1 Mile walk serves as one of the kick-off events to the big Relay for Life Celebration in March.
Isabel Castillo coordinated the race. She says that the turnout shows that people truly care.
"I think it's hope", she says. "It's hope, more than anything and that's we all need. We need hope at all times of our life and especially when we're down in the dumps. I think this is a way to show them support and that there's hope and that they can see that light at the end of the tunnel".
For her accomplishments and her community involvement, Amy was recently nominated for The American Cancer Society's Hero of Hope Award.
"That is a huge honor for me", she says. "To share my experience with others, to raise awareness about The American Cancer Society and all that it can do for the communities in our areas as well as other areas throughout California".
Pete Salcedo won the race. He knows the importance of showing support towards those that need it the most.
"I'm out here as a competitor but also to support cancer victims cause I think every family, no matter what race or where you're from, you're gonna be affected by somebody or even yourself can be affected by cancer. It's a good thing to come out and support tat cause".
And what does a group do after running for a good cause? They danced for a good cause… and danced… and danced the morning away.
Over three dozen Imperial Valley residents participated in the event. It is because of them that Amy and the millions affected by cancer are able to cope with the disease and not let it take over their lives.
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