It's a staggering statistic: one in eight women and one in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. On Saturday morning, close to 2,000 people gathered at the Delaney Park Strip to take part in the seventh annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

More than 150 breast cancer survivors were also on hand to share their stories, and give support to others living with the disease. Money raised by the 5-kilometer walk will go towards patient programs and breast cancer research.

Breast cancer survivor Theresa Gleason says events like this give everyone a fighting chance to beat the disease.

"When I got diagnosed eight years ago I never considered it a death sentence; it was just an obstacle that I had to get past, so it just feels great," Gibson said before she started the walk. "I'm eight years out, and I feel good -- I'm healthy."

So far, the Anchorage walks have raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society. To help support the cause, 25 men in Anchorage have committed to wear pink during the entire month of October.

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