The 25th annual Avera Race Against Breast Cancer brought in people from all over the region and even from across the U.S. We caught up with one team that came from Inwood, IA, to support their loved one.
"I was diagnosed three years ago, I just went in for a check up and found out I had breast cancer and we had chemo therapy right away within the next week," said cancer survivor Suzanne Meendering.
It's also when Suzie's Crew started to come together.
"This is our third time coming to the walk and every year our team gets a little bigger and it just gets more exciting and every year we all come back," said Suzanne's daughter Randi Grevengoed.
"They're by your side no matter what, family, friends, your kids; they are always there no matter what," said Meendering.
That support system is what the Avera Race is all about.
"It's just support, the more fun you get into you just know how much everyone supports each other," said Grevengoed.
"It's fun to see them where your color all of the time, even the boys, they were pink as often as they can...they are more than willing to support us and they are always there," said Meendering.
"Every time someone new signs up for the team or the team gets bigger, it's just exciting to see the random support that you wouldn't expect people to sign up and come along and its just really cool to see people join in," said Grevengoed.
This kind of support gives those battling cancer the strength to carry on.
"You've got to go out there and face it day by day keep a smile on your face, chin up, you've got family, you've got people that keep you going and you've got to keep them going," said Meendering.
It also gives loved ones confidence that their fight will not be in vain.
"I'm going to be coming to this walk for many, many more years," said Meendering.
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