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Battling breast cancer with Bras for the Cause

Spirited 5K Saturday evening walk scheduled for April 28

Tri-Valley SOCKs' 13th annual Bras for the Cause will take place April 28, an energetic evening of high-spirited women walking through Pleasanton's downtown wearing various versions of brassieres outside their clothing.

The event is a glittery affair of people battling good-naturedly for awards including most creative individual, most creative team, best electric light show and best show stopper. The 5K (3.11-mile) walk has raised more than $1.6 million to fight breast cancer; last year alone it netted $160,000, which was distributed to four local breast cancer charities.

This year the walk is Saturday, April 28, with the theme "Warriors -- In It Together," since women diagnosed with breast cancer become warriors, showing courage in the face of danger, and those who walk are committed to fight alongside them, event organizers said.

The 2018 walk honors survivor Diane Hughes, who was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 2005; the next year she participated in her first Bras for the Cause walk. She became involved through another breast cancer survivor who had friends in Tri-Valley SOCKs (Stepping Out for Cancer Kures).

"I fell in love with this fun-loving, dedicated and hardworking group of people," Hughes said. "I have consistently been an active volunteer since that very first walk."

After treatments, Hughes became cancer-free until the fall of 2016 when her biannual breast MRI revealed something suspicious. Again, she responded to treatment.

"I am now cancer-free, again, because of early detection and because I was my own advocate," she said. "Early detection is the answer."

Registration for the Bras for the Cause walk opens at 5 p.m. April 28, and the 5K walk starts at 7 p.m., beginning and ending at Amador Valley High School, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Walkers are not required to wear bras but most do and men, too, are encouraged to walk and dress in the spirit of the event.

Each walker must raise at least $200 in pledges to participate. To register for the walk or for more information, visit www.trivalleysocks.org.

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