On Thursday night, the first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff dinner was held in Morgantown.
The group has held it's annual walk and 5K run in Morgantown for the past four years but this was the first time they've held a kickoff dinner for the event.
Organizers said events like this are a great way to raise awareness in hopes that one day a cure will be found.
"This year alone 40,000 women will die in the U.S. from breast cancer. So really just eliminating that number and ultimately finding a cure," said Event Coordinator, Katelyn Mock.
Gerri Angoli is a two time breast cancer survivor. She has been involved with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer since the very beginning. She is happy to see so many people work together to raise money for future research.
"I'm very happy because I think the more money we raise, the more likely we are to get research done which will help the fight and the cure. We get screenings so that women will be screened for breast cancer otherwise for the most part they don't want to because they can't afford it. But there are some programs that are funded in order to get them a free screening and that's important," said Angoli.
Angoli encourages all women to have screenings done regularly and to not put them off until it's too late.
Team leaders gathered together on Thursday night to discuss ways to raise even more money for breast cancer research so that they can beat last years total.
The annual walk and 5K will take place on October 25 at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park.