Locals help support cancer research while wearing pink

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Saturday, at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, women, men, and even a dog or two wore pink to show solidarity for those who have been lost, or have survived the deadly disease. For the fifth consecutive year, the 'Making Strides' event has allowed anyone to contribute to the cause, whether by walking, volunteering, or donating to the American Cancer Society.

Dianne Uland and her group of "Pink Ladies" have raised over five thousand dollars through Making Strides.

Uland said, "Making Strides is important to me. I have a couple of good friends who are battling breast cancer, and I have had some that have lost their lives to breast cancer, so that's kind of why I'm here today. I'm here to support the Pink Ladies, I'm on the Pink Ladies Team. We as a team have so far raised five thousand dollars, so I am very proud to be a member of the Pink Ladies."

Committee member, Becky Zaverl, and participant, Willie Blackburn, told us how the rain failed to keep the supporters away.

Zaverl said, "Well, we've done this walk, and two years ago it snowed. So a little rain did not keep people away. We're going to have to fight cancer no matter what."

Blackburn said, "Sugar and spice and everything's right. When it's raining, it makes it even better."