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African-American women have a 41 percent higher death rate from breast cancer and are more likely to be diagnosed before the age of 40.

"I walk every year because hopefully that does inspire somebody, a neighbor, a friend, and they'll be survivors", said Wanda Entrekin, also a breast cancer survivor.

Funds raised during the event will go towards research, treatment, and awareness of breast cancer. "That's just what I'm here for, to bring a positive light into the community.

After that I became a true warrior and I share my story with just about everybody I meet", said Regina Smith, a breast cancer survivor.

"It is unfortunate that breast cancer is only discussed during October as it certainly is fought all year long", she said.

Male Breast Cancer Coalition now include men affected in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada Bangladesh and the US. As part of tradition a Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath also adorns the door of Town Hall as a remembrance each year.

Smith battled breast cancer first in 2001 and again in 2013.

Wilkerson said she is touched to see people in the community running in the 5K even if they've never been personally affected by breast cancer.

But embarrassed and horrified that he had a "woman's disease", he refused to make his diagnosis public.