We think of people on the battlefield as warriors. For some people, their own body is the battlefield and the fight is against a formidable opponent.
The fighters who have survived their battle with cancer took part in the second annual Warrior Walk hosted by the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
The walk around the University of Rochester river campus marked National Cancer Survivors Day. Events ranged from a mile walk to a half-marathon walk. Hundreds took part to raise money for the institute's cancer survivorship program through the Judy DiMarzo Fund.
"What happens is that once you've been termed a 'survivor,' what typically happens is you just fall off the radar screen," said Richard DiMarzo, Judy DiMarzo Fund. "So there's a lot of follow up that's necessary because there are repercussions after cancer that a lot of people, even physicians, are unaware of. So this clinic is set up to take care of all of those needs."
More than 200 survivors have gone through the program, which provides them with emotional, fitness and nutritional support.