Unite in the Fight Cancer Walk looks to bring the fight to deadly disease

Published: Jun. 18, 2019 at 5:14 PM EDT
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- You or someone you know has probably been touched by cancer, so you know the ups and downs that come with treatment.

That’s why cancer survivors and advocates in the CSRA are gearing up for the second Unite in the Fight Cancer Walk.

"The moment I got diagnosed I was pretty numb,” Patricia Schaffer said.

After research, the American Cancer Society found nearly 1 out of 3 people in the United States get cancer.

Schaffer was one of the unlucky ones in 2013.

"I was very frightened,” Schaffer said. “I didn't know what to think, say or do and I probably pretty much stood there frozen and had to think about it a few minutes.”

“I have endometrial stromal sarcoma,” Schaffer said.

She's being treated at the Georgia Cancer Center, leaning on family for support. In 2014 came good news -- she enjoyed 2 years of remission.

Then they discovered that my cancer had returned, and that was probably a worse day then my original diagnosis because my cancer usually can't be cured,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer is back to fighting cancer along with so many others -- others the Georgia Cancer Center wants to support and honor.

"We're asking for those in the community to come out and unite in the fight against cancer,” Al Dallas, the Chief of Staff at the Georgia Cancer Center, said.

After exceeding their goal and raising $55,000 last year, they're bringing back the cancer walk. This year's goal doubled! Dallas says this event isn't just to raise awareness for one cancer, but all 28.

“There is no fee and we want to see lots of folks in a kaleidoscope of colors,” Dallas said.

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