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SEATTLE -- It's a daunting task: walk 60 miles in three days. But more than 1,000 men and women will be attempting it for the 9th annual Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk, which kicked off Friday morning.

Wearing every shade of pink and in a variety of ways -- from pink wigs to pink boas -- walkers gathered in the dark at the Seattle Center before heading out.

One in eight women in the U.S will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer survivor, Mandy Chavez is doing this for the third time.

I do this to fight against breast cancer and I do it to show others that you can survive this deadly disease, said Chavez.

Team Captain Tina McDonough started participating after one of her best friends died from breast cancer.

I watched her go through this terrible ordeal and then saw how her family was devastated by the loss, I knew I had to do something, she said.

And McDonough followed through with her promise. This year, her team Valley Girls and Guys is the largest one participating with 167 members and more than $300,000 raised.

As a group we have so much more power, and yes it's hard, but then we remember, how hard it is for those who are fighting cancer, and we keep pushing on, McDonough said.

This year the route will take them from Seattle across Lake Washington to Redmond then return to Seattle on Sunday.

This is a powerful event, it's not just the physical component, it's the emotional component. This walk is a chance to bond, heal and help find a cure for breast cancer, said Dr. Sheri Phillips, National Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen organization.

The 3-day walk will end Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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