Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their families gathered at Churchill Downs in Kentucky for the third annual Horses for Hope, the Courier-Journal
The event, which featured a luncheon, an afternoon of racing and a screening of the recent hit movie Secretariat, was sponsored by Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program.
"Anyone who has breast cancer - you go through the, 'Why me? Am I going to die? Am I going to survive?'" survivor Ann Marchal told the news source. She also added that the event was "another celebration of survivorship - that we've worked together and made it another day."
The program aims to spread awareness and education especially among horse industry workers, many of whom do not have insurance that covers preventative care. In the past three years, Horses for Hope has provided mammograms for 356 employees of the track.
According to the American Cancer Society, every woman over the age of 40 should undergo a yearly mammogram. Women of all ages should also perform self-breast exams on a regular basis.