'Power of Who' breast cancer awareness event May 8

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by ROBERTA ROMERO/ KING 5 NEWS

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM

SEATTLE, Wash.-- It started seven years ago for Tina McDonough when her friend Michelle had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She decided to participate in the three-day Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness walk.

"After walking 60 miles, it was so hard and difficult, I swore, I would never do it again," said McDonough. Three months later, her friend Michelle died from the disease at the age of 38. In her memory, McDonough vowed to continue to help.
 
Since then, Mcdonough has dedicated herself to raising awareness and money to find a cure.

"I formed a team, 'Valley Girls and Guys' to walk every year," said McDonough, "I started with four people."

Now, in 2014, she has 173 people on her team and they have raised $1.7 million so far.

"We are the biggest fundraising team in the state of Washington," said McDonough.
 
McDonough and her team do more than the walk. McDonough arranged for an event at the Kent ShoWare Center on Thursday, May 8th called the "Power Of Who." The event will feature motivational speaker Bob Beaudine and Seahawks Player Bobby Wagner.

"The best part of this event," said McDonough, "is that 100 percent of the ticket sales will go back to Susan G. Komen for the cure!"

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