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Salisbury Breast Cancer Walk Supports Women and Men

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Breast cancer survivor shares her journey battling the disease and being cancer-free for two years. (Photo: WBOC) Breast cancer survivor shares her journey battling the disease and being cancer-free for two years. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. -- Winter Place park in Salisbury turned pink Saturday afternoon in the name of breast cancer awareness.

A Delmarva breast cancer awareness group called Women Supporting Women held its annual fundraiser walk that brings survivors, patients and families together.

Breast cancer survivors who attended the event wore pink shirts while family and friends who came to support wore blue shirts.

One breast cancer survivor shared her story of how she was first diagnosed with the disease nearly two years ago.

"I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was very young," said Ericka Ramos-Atkins.  "She was 31 when she got diagnosed. She passed away at the age of 33."

After her mother was diagnosed, Atkins says she got serious about getting herself checked out regularly.

"I was very adamant about getting mammograms. I did self breast exams every month," she said.

Then one day during her monthly breast exam, Atkins said she felt something odd.

"I actually found a lump. And when I found the lump, I went to my doctor. We did a sonogram, and then the sonogram went into a biopsy and then two days later, I found out I had cancer," said Atkins.

It was a long two year battle but Atkins says it was possible because of support from her family, friends and community.

Today at age 33, the same age as her mother when she died from breast cancer, Atkins says she's proud to be where she is today.

"It makes me feel wonderful! I mean the fact that I'm here and she isn't, that our medicine has advanced so far.  If I would've been diagnosed [then], I would've had the same result as my mother back then," said Atkins.

With more than 680 million dollars put into breast cancer research in 2014 and the breast cancer rate down 35 percent, according to the American Cancer Society, more women and men are sharing survival stories of their own.

Even though it's rare, men still have a one in 1,000 chance of being diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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