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PENSACOLA, Fla. -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the City of Pensacola is rallying together to support those who are battling the deadly disease.

Friday, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement made its way to Seville Square.

Channel 3 attended the event and shares with you the messages from survivors.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a movement where participants walk to celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle.

Tammie Byrer is a 8 year survivor. She says it's not a club everyone wants to be a part but she believes it puts into perspective of just how strong someone can be, when it feels like that's all you can be -- strong.

Channel 3 asked Sonshine Moorer, an attendee of the event, if she was walking for anyone special Friday.

"I'm going to walk for my friend who passed away 6 years ago," Moorer said. "She died from cancer when she was 47-years-old. I'm doing this for Dejra Herring. She was my very good friend."

The event was held in the heart of Pensacola on Saturday, where thousands of people came to spread awareness and encourage those diagnosed with the disease to keep on fighting.

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“I'm literally almost speechless because of the meaning it means to them," Melanie Row, American Cancer Society senior development manager said.

Moorer says early detection saves lives. She wants everyone to remember to do their self-breast exams, and to make sure to get their mammograms.

Marilyn Archer is a 16 year survivor. She tells those diagnosed with breast cancer to 'keep moving and don't let it get the best of them.'

"Just keep going and going," Archer said. "You cant go back. Just keep hoping for the best.”

According to the American Cancer Society in the state of Florida, it is estimated that more than 3,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2021. That’s why doctors encourage women to get their yearly mammograms and do routine breast exams.

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/pensacola-rallies-together-to-make-strides-against-breast-cancer/ar-AAPSj8t

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