Avon breast cancer walk wraps up in Chicago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- More than 2,000 people participated this weekend in the 13th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Chicago. This year, walkers raised more than $5 million, which will go to local cancer organizations.

The 39.3-mile walk brings many together from all walks of life, connecting people from across the country for one cause.

Jill Weinberg celebrated her 10th cancer-free anniversary recently and has been walking for 11 years.

"The people you meet, the stories you hear, the crew, everybody who is a part of this is unreal," Weinberg said. "Also because of me, I know, many people have gone for a mammogram. Unfortunately some who have been diagnosed, some who have survived, and some who have lost the battle and it's for them."

Many walked to support others, including Weinberg's dear friend, Drea Ely.

They have walked together, rain or shine, for three years.

"It's an emotional journey and it's so worth it," Ely said. "The support that you get on the route, just keeps you going and it makes it all worth it in the end."
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