Big turnout in Providence for breast cancer walk

(Caroline Goggin/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Thousands of people flooded the streets of downtown Providence Sunday morning to raise money to fight breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk kicked off at 9 a.m. in Kennedy Plaza.

WPRI 12’s own Shannon Hegy was one of the emcees and Governor Gina Raimondo delivered the opening remarks.

Half the women diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. turn to the American Cancer Society for help and support. The money raised from Making Strides walks helps fund breast cancer research and patient medical expenses.

This year the event raised $550,000, which includes funds raised by participants prior to Sunday’s walk. The American Cancer Society tells Eyewitness News this number is not finalized, however, because a special campaign called “Real Men Wear Pink” has raised an additional $32,000 and there are still two weeks left to donate to that campaign.