UTICA, N.Y -- According to the American Cancer Society, thousands of people are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year throughout the country.
On Sunday thousands walked for a cure at the Masonic Care Community for the 2019 Taking Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Among the many survivors that walked, Mary Rose Tucker brought her daughter and told NEWSChannel 2 about her journey fighting the disease. She was diagnosed in 2012.
"I found the lump myself. I went to my gynecologist. They did a biopsy that first came back negative. Then we did another biopsy in July that came back positive," said Tucker.
From there, she tells us that she underwent 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation and her daughter Tiffany was there by her side.
"So during her treatments, I would come to sit with her at chemo and then after her radiation she was really tired so we would just try to support her any way she would let us," said Tiffany Deluca.
Tiffany said she was filled with joy when she found out a year after fighting, that her mom was cancer-free in 2013.
"When she told us her treatments were over and that she was cancer-free we actually bought a cake and wrote, "Hey cancer forget you" on it, and we celebrated," said Deluca.
According to the American Cancer Society, since 1991 the death rate of Breast Cancer has decreased by 40 percent, which they say equals about 350,000 people that have been saved.
Following the walk, there was merchandise available for purchase. As well as various raffle drawings.
The American Cancer Society said that early detection is key, and if you see any signs, contact your doctor.