Breast Cancer Survivor runs for her family and friends

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Wesleyan College’s Campus was full of pink items Saturday morning.

Breast Cancer survivors and the community participated in the annual Flamingo Fest 5k to raise money for breast cancer.

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Zandra Wilkerson won her battle against breast cancer and it’s no secret how happy that makes her.

“I am a three year survivor, Whoo,” Wikerson said.

She ran in the Fun Run at the United Pink Flamingo Fest 5K. The Fun Run was a one mile trail that someone could do instead of the 5K.



“I am walking and joking for myself, my mom, my grandmother, my kids, my husband, my entire family and every single breast cancer survivor that has fought the fight and won,” Wilkerson said.

She comes from a family full of breast cancer survivors. Her grandmother was a survivor for more than 40 years before she passed. Wilkerson’s mother is also a survivor.

“I have other family members and friends who are survivors and it is absolutely encouraging to see everyone fighting the fight to the very last breath,” Wilkerson said.

Laura Paxton is the Executive Director of United in Pink.

Paxton’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, so the annual Flamingo Fest means a lot to her.

“Today is just a representation of how we come together as a community and how just having others that have gone through a similar journey, just means so much,” Paxton said. “And it’s just a blessing to be a family and United in Pink is a family and so this just represents that.”

Wilkerson said she is touched to see people in the community running in the 5K even if they’ve never been personally affected by breast cancer.

“Breast Cancer can sometimes make you feel like you’re alone, like you’re fighting the fight all by yourself, so to have people out here from the youngest, all the way to the oldest, whether they’re running or walking, vendor support, cheering us on, it is a great feeling to know that you have support,” she continued. “Not only of your friends, but the entire community to come out and support you.”

And coming together is what it’s all about.

Laura Paxton said all of the money raised from the 5k event will go to the families involved with United in Pink.