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Lacing Up to Fight Cancer

Every year thousands of people put on their pink and lace up their sneakers before hitting the streets of the windy city to help fight breast cancer. The Susan G Komen Foundation’s Walk for the Cure is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This summer two Naperville women will head to Chicago and join the cause.

Naperville resident Kristina Boutross wanted to participate in the walk to honor her grandmother who battled breast cancer.

“She was my hero. She was one of my best friends and she passed away a few years ago [for a] different reason,” said Boutross. “Ever since then I wanted to do something in remembrance of her and then I asked my friends if she wanted to do the Susan G Komen walk. We heard great things about it.”

So Boutross and her friend and Plainfield resident Vida Ignatonis started training for their 60-mile journey. Shortly after, the cause became more personal for Ignatonis.

“I found out like a month and a half in that my aunt actually had breast cancer so it definitely meant a lot more for me and something I definitely wanted to do,” Ignatonis said.

Over the summer, the two will be training together, starting with a few miles here and there, then gradually increasing their distance and pace. As they slip on their shoes, they’re also fundraising. They each hope to exceed the $2,300 requirement.

“They not only use it for helping to cure cancer but they’re using it for preventing cancer so for awareness to show women and men that cancer is something that if you learn about it sooner than later, you have more of a chance of surviving it.

Boutros and Ignatonis hope that after experiencing the Walk for the Cure, they’ll live up to their team name, “Pink Fo’ Life.”

“I want to do this every year, I want do the Avon walk as well, do a 2-day and a 3-day cause they’re at different times so I definitely think this is something we’ll do until we’re like really old and can’t walk,” said Ignatonis.

The Susan G Komen 3 Day is a series of events in 14 cities across the country throughout the summer. Nearly 2,000 walkers will hit the pavement for Chicago’s kick-off on August 10th.

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