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      Thousands walk in Syracuse to raise breast cancer awareness

      O ctober is breast cancer awareness month and thousands of people took over downtown Syracuse Sunday to bring awareness to the disease.

      5,800 walkers filled downtown with pink on Sunday. Some of them were walking to raise money and others were walking in memory of a loved one or for someone fighting the disease now.

      Chelsea Brobst was walking today because her mom died of breast cancer. "Unfortunately I think everyone is within seven degrees of separation of knowing someone who has breast cancer heather unfortunately they've died from it or just recovering or anything. I mean as far as being a woman it's important to take care of your health," says Brobst.

      Tiffany Whittaker was with her girl scout troop from Weedsport. "We like to make sure that the girls are aware of all things going on in the community. Not only do they earn patches, but this is also a way to give back to the community. They can't raise money as a troop but they can come and walk to support the cure and it's good for them to be aware of what's going on in the community and things that they can do to help other people," says Whittaker.

      Today's making strides walk raise more than 300,000 dollars.