CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. - About 850 men and women set out for the first leg of the final Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk in Tampa Bay.
The event is pulling out of the Tampa Bay market, citing declining participation in half of its 14 markets, and the national organization is still feeling the backlash from its decision last year to pull funding from Planned Parenthood.
Regardless, there were still many in Clearwater Beach who set out on the 60-mile walk which will be split into 20 miles a day.
Jill Lecouris is a breast cancer survivor and says she's sad to see the walk leave.
"Ohhh, I was so sad. I would do this every year. Every year. It is an awesome cause," she said.
Lecouris was joined by three of her best friends who say they have now down this three years together.
"I was diagnosed two years ago, but thankfully I had surgery and I was very fortunate, but now I'm also walking for Jill my friend," her friend Melinda Hannon said.
And while the walk will no longer be held in Tampa Bay, walkers say they plan on going to the next nearest race still being held next year in Atlanta.