COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Midlands weekend kicked off with a little exercise for a great cause.
More than $600,000 was raised Saturday morning to help fight breast cancer.
It was a sea of pink in Columbia as more than 7,000 walkers and runners filled Spirit Communications Park for the 26th annual Walk for Life. It was also the first Famously Hot Pink Half-Marathon, 5-K, and 10-K.
"It's humbling, as a survivor myself, to know that this many people in our state, in our city, and I believe we have support from over 20 states in the country here for this event. It's just very humbling," Emily Long, the Chair of this year's event said.
The event is all about educating women and men about the importance of early detection for breast cancer and raising money for the latest technology and programs for local patients and families.
"Cancer, especially breast cancer, has definitely touched my family. My wife's family has had three impacted by breast cancer. My family has had multiple people impacted by cancer alone. So we just wanted to get out and support the event and support the cause," Daniel Hayes, the winner of the Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon said.
The money raised will be used to buy a new 3-D digital mammography machine for the Palmetto Health Breast Center.
Since 1991, Walk for Life has raised nearly $9 million.