LEWISVILLE, N.C. — For the first 15 days of April, people across North Carolina are walking 15 miles to help women with breast cancer.
One of those people is Angela Craven. Craven lives in Lewisville, and is using her lunch breaks to walk the mile a day.
It's all for the Pretty In Pink Foundation's first Walk For A Champion fundraiser. It's celebrating 15 years of the organization, while raising funds to help more women.
Pretty In Pink helps under and uninsured women pay for breast cancer treatments they can't afford. Craven heard about the group through Facebook and was drawn to the local aspect.
“I want to say it touched my heart. Breast cancer is very close to me. I lost my mother to breast cancer, so it’s a great way to help others out," Craven says.
This year, Craven is 53, the same age her mother was when she passed away. She made a donation in her mother's name at the beginning, and says it's great how easy it was to get involved in a virtual fundraiser.
“Just something so simple, that just walking that mile. I’m raising money to help out individuals that really need this help, and it’s an incredible feeling. I can’t believe it’s so easy to do this," Craven says.
The need is there and growing. Pretty In Pink anticipates over 10,000 North Carolinians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Last year, it helped 255 women pay for treatments, around 40% more women than they were able to help in 2019.