By SCARLET O’ROURKE
The annual South Padre Island Walk for Women is in full swing for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
According to Margie Swartz, a spokesperson for the event, their mission is to raise money for local women battling breast cancer as well as bring awareness to the community.
Women who have suffered and made it through the ordeal share their stories with those who attend, proving that, if caught early, the survival rate is high.
“We started the walk nine years ago for a friend of ours, Jayanna Enholm who lives in Laguna Vista,” Swartz said. “She was diagnosed with breast cancer and, at that time, her and her family were in dire straits and needed some help and support from her friends, especially financially. That first year, a bunch of her friends got together and they organized this walk and an auction and we raised over $20,000 for her from the community.”
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