For Rhondalyn Westervelt, the 16th annual Miracle Mile Walk was more than just a way for her to remember her daughter, who died from breast cancer just before Christmas last year. It also gave her the chance to spread the word that breast cancer can affect just about anybody – even young women and men.
“My daughter was diagnosed at 24 and passed away at 28,” Westervelt said of her daughter, Ashley Horne. “We’re here to get the word out that even young ladies die from breast cancer, so it’s really important to catch it early.”
More than 15,000 people packed into Augusta Common and eventually made their way to Broad Street for the Miracle Mile Walk. Organizers say they’ve raised at least $350,000 this year, all of which will go toward University Health Care System’s Breast Health Center and its Mobile Mammography Unit to provide mammograms to women who can’t afford them.