Cancer survivors, supporters lace up for annual Believe Walk in Redlands

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iecn photo/yazmin alvarez Groups cross the finish line in celebration of the 2014 Believe Walk in Redlands Oct. 5.

As a combat veteran Travera Joyce knows the difficulties that come in fighting a battle.

“Support is what gets you through,” said the Twentynine Palms resident. “It’s the reason why I’m here today.”

Joyce was one of the thousands of people who participated in Sunday’s seventh annual Believe Walk in Redlands.

The walk, presented by Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer, raises money for Inland Empire-area organizations that fight cancer and provide support for patients including screening measures and public outreach.

Although Joyce is not a cancer survivor, nor does she know

 iecn photo/yazmin alvarez Cheer squads from area high schools root for runners during the 7th annual Believe Walk.
iecn photo/yazmin alvarez
Cheer squads from area high schools root for runners during the 7th annual Believe Walk.

anyone with the disease, she participated Sunday to join the thousands of others who walk for someone else and for those who are fighting. Her dog Polar Bear, also joined in the effort.

And like many, this year’s event was their first step in supporting the fight against cancer.

“It’s the least I could do,” she said. More than 10,000 people gathered for the walk, which included a 5K and 10K walk/run throughout downtown, raising $475,000 toward the cause, said organizers.

Once participants crossed the finished line, they were treated to a Belive Bash, which included music, activities and a vendor fair offering snacks and food to replenish walkers.

 iecn photo/yazmin alvarez Cheer squads from area high schools root for runners during the 7th annual Believe Walk.
iecn photo/yazmin alvarez
Cheer squads from area high schools root for runners during the 7th annual Believe Walk.

 

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