Duluth Girl Organizes Walk to Raise Money for Breast cancer

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- After a close family friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, 12-year-old Emma Haugen had an idea.

"I created a walk for breast cancer- the Morgan Park walk for Hope," Haugen said.

After planning for two years, the walk happened Thursday with more than 50 participants. All funds will be donated to the St Lukes Breast Cancer Foundation.

"All of the money will go to research or if they need anything to make life better for breast cancer patients and/or survivors.," said Haugen.

Emma's mother Peggy was amazed that her young daughter threw this all together

"She has always been that way, she's always thinking about other people," said Peggy Haugen, Emma's mother.

The Haugen's say this is just a small way of giving back to a large magnitude disease.

"It's just our little bit of help that we can give them . They go through so much that I'm hoping that this will make a difference," said Peggy Haugen.

Breast cancer survivor Laura Fahrner was Haugen's inspiration behind the walk.

"It brings me to tears and it did when she told me," Fahrner said.

Fahrner has known the Haugen's for eight years, and is still in awe that someone so young has done something much bigger than themselves.

"It means there's hope for the future- that there are those people out there, for me personally it's like a big hug," said Fahrner.

The Walk for Hope raised nearly $950.

The Haugen's hope to make this an annual event

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com