WASHINGTON (WUSA) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the WUSA 9 team will be walking and raising money for our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m. at the National Sylvan Theater on the National Mall in D.C. We will walk to honor breast cancer survivors and remember our loved ones who lost their battle.

We would like you to join our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team (called the BC9 or BC9ers). You can sign up here:http://on.wusa9.com/UFfofJ

Our sports anchor, Kristen Berset, will emcee the event. Kristen is a cancer survivor.In 2008, when she was 27 years old, Kristen found a lump in her left breast during a self exam. She was misdiagnosed twice and told she had a cyst until a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore a year later.Kristen chose a bilateral, prophylactic mastectomy to ensure a full and healthy life. Click here learn more about Kristen's journey:http://on.wusa9.com/UFfILv

Longtime anchor JC Hayward was also diagnosed with breast cancer. In April, she found out she had breast cancer and went public with her journey, including sharing photos from her first MRI:http://jchayward.com/2012/04/06/7821/

Andrea Roane is best known for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and promoting the importance of Early Detection in the fight against breast cancer. Sheinitiated an innovative breast cancer awareness program called Buddy Check 9 (http://topics.wusa9.com/buddy-check9). On the ninth of every month, she encourages viewers to team up with a friend or relative to follow the National Cancer Institute's 3-step breast examination early detection program.

Buddy Check 9 celebrates 19 years on October 9! Join us on that day for the celebration on air.

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