JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Men of all ages came out to New River Harley Davidson in Jacksonville Sunday to walk a mile in women’s shoes, all for a good cause.
The 5th annual “I Filled Her Shoes” Walk-A-Thon raised more than $5,000 for breast cancer research.
For Alberto Castro, he says he knows all too well how deadly breast cancer can be.
“I’ve had a lot of friends and family back home in New Mexico and Texas develop breast cancer, I’ve had a few people pass away, people that I know. So whenever this popped up I wanted to come out and support for a good cause,” said Castro.
His grandmother recently passed away from breast cancer, which he says is partially the reason he came out Sunday.
He says informing the local community of early detection and raising awareness is key.
And the folks who put on the fundraiser agree.
“Awareness and to get the word out in our community and give back to our community,” said Sheila Hadley of Leather & Lace Motorcycle Cub.
The club hosted the event and have raised over 20 thousand dollars in the past five years.
But, there’s a catch. Men must walk a mile in women’s high heels.
They say it’s more than worth it and their goal is to help inform both men and women about breast cancer.
For Castro, he says the challenge was much more difficult than expected.
“This is harder than training for a marathon, I’ve been training for a marathon and and one mile in high heels is something else,” said Castro.
Awards were given out for the most funds raised, largest team, highest heels, almost highest heels and the fastest heels in town.