Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and her staff are once again joining the American Cancer Society to promote the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Topinka says she had a scare during her first mammogram, which turned out to be nothing, but now she gets one every year.
Last year Topinka's office raised more than $5,700 dollars, all of which stays local and helps pay for the society's programs to benefit cancer patients.
Survivor Jennifer Harrison, diagnosed in June 2011, participated in her first walk last year during the height of her chemotherapy treatments -- she says she needed something to occupy her time. While receiving treatment, Harrison says she used a lot of free programs offered by the American Cancer Society -- which likely wouldn't be possible without donations received through breast cancer walks every year.
This year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk takes place October 20th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
(posted 5:46 p.m. 09/26/2012 by Alex Degman)