The first day of the 60-mile Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk for breast cancer included lunch in Largo's Taylor Park on Friday. Participants then headed toward Gulf Boulevard, with Patch catching up with some walkers and supporters along Walsingham Road.
"Everybody has a story for walking 60 miles," said Malcolm Porter, of Largo, as he handed out bottles of water and gatorade to participants along Walsingham Road.
Porter, his wife Forristine and his sister Sheila, of Clearwater, have been helping with the 3-Day walk since 2004. That year, their sister Helen, who had breast cancer, died. So the Porters have been helping ever since, Malcolm Porter said.
Stacy Mote, of New Tampa, walked by. It is the sixth time she has participated in the walk. She walks for her mom and sisters who had breast cancer, she said.
The weekend walk covers about 20 miles per day. Each participant raises at least $2,300 to participate. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds fund research and health programs. Then rest of the money goes to local and community programs.
This year there are 3-Day events in 14 cities around the country, according to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day website.
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