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An evening of gratitude as breast cancer survivors thank the donors and sponsors who raise money for Komen of Wisconsin

Wednesday night the Milwaukee Art Museum was awash with pink.

It was "An Evening of Gratitude."

It's a way for Komen of Wisconsin to say thank you to those who raise money in the battle against breast cancer.

Many survivors told stories of paying it forward.

One woman talked about going to Komen three times for help.


Once when she was first diagnosed. Another time when cancer returned. And then the third time when she lost her job but had to continue treatment.

"We delivered one $1 million in help just this year," said Nikki Panico, Executive Director. "To help hard working women who are uninsured or under insured pay for biopsies, mammograms, ultrasounds. Co-pays and deductibles. So, they don't lose their insurance."

Not to mention childcare and transportation for patients who are diagnosed.

CBS 58's Whitney Martin is emcee of the annual Walk for the Cure and got to catch up with many of those who took part and do more than just walk the walk.

The theme was "More Than Pink" and it certainly was a testament to the strength of character.

For CBS 58's Michele McCormack, who helped with October's Komen phone bank, it was a chance to sell hello with the volunteers from the Kohl's Conversations for the Cure which has done extensive outreach in the community to give women and men who face breast cancer the information they need to empower themselves.

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