LA CROSSE, WI -

As of Tuesday, $400,000 has been raised for local breast cancer research through this year’s Steppin' Out in Pink.

More than 6,600 walkers and 350 breast cancer survivors participated in the 8th-annual event.

“It is great to see families, friends, businesses and the surrounding communities come together for a common goal – raising awareness and money to detect and defeat breast cancer,” said Debbie Kroner, Gundersen Medical Foundation special events manager and Steppin’ Out in Pink chair. “It is because of their passion and commitment to this cause that we continue to raise more money every year and continue to make advances to detect and defeat breast cancer.”

Since Steppin’ Out in Pink began, it has brought in $2.3 million to fund the breast cancer research initiatives at Gundersen Medical Foundation; provided assistance to breast cancer patients in need, subsidizing mammograms for the uninsured and underinsured patients in our region; and lending support to the services of the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care.

Plans are already underway to prepare for next year’s Steppin’ Out in Pink event. It will be on Saturday, September 6, 2014.