Walk for Hope 

One out of every eight women in the United States will come down with breast cancer.Changing that statistic was what enticed hundreds of walkers to hit the streets of Augusta today.The sixth annual Walk for Hope took place this morning.It’s sponsored by Maine General’s Breast Care program.The 5K walk started at Sam’s Club in the Marketplace, down to the UMaine nature trails and back. Organizers say about 600 people were pre-registered for the event, many of them survivors of breast cancer as well as supporters.The goal is to raise money, but more importantly awareness…Chelsea Moeller is the director of MaineGeneral Fund.”This walk is important because of the prevalence of breast cancer and the fact that with technology, as we advance, it’s over 90% curable if they catch it in time. So the emphasis is on prevention and early detection,” says Moeller.Jean Gauthier was the inspiration for Team Jean. “It’s a great, great day, the sky is beautiful. I’m very, very proud and humbled to be able to walk with a lot of friends, co-workers, just to support breast cancer. It’s been a long, long journey and I’m glad to be reaching the end of it,” says Jean.October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.Today’s Walk for Hope was expected to raise more than &64,000 dollars.