She had always lived a healthy life, she said, and had no family history of the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 252,710 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.
Dr Patil and NGO Sankalp have together organized a "Pink Walk" for breast cancer awareness tomorrow 28th October.
Last year, the race raised more than $650,000 and saw 55,000 people walk beneath the pink banner that reads "FINISH".
For Johnson, 58, it was the first run since she was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after Christmas past year.
She has been undergoing chemotherapy sessions regularly ever since.
Earlier this month Morrison - now 45 years old and a mother of three - was urging Kiwi women, especially Māori, to enrol for free breast screening this October after having her first mammogram. MacGregor got the idea when she received scarves from a friend of a friend after her first diagnosis with a note saying: "You can do this".
Dr Rohini Patil, one of the leading city Gynaecologists was one of the lucky few who self detected her breast cancer 16 years ago.
The cheers got louder when a runner or walker was wearing a sash that read "Survivor". She finally finished taking her medication past year.
"I flat out refused to let it win", said Moss.
It was a sentiment shared by many along the path on Saturday.
"Seeing all the pink capped heads bobbing in the pool and swimming in the races was fantastic and a great way to raise awareness about breast cancer and uninsured patients", said Moss.
However, what has made it more tolerable is that McLean and her close friend keep their faith as she does.
"I can't tell you about the incredible amount of people you see and you meet and their stories and everybody has a story and everybody has an adventure", says Strong. At her appointment, she learned the wonderful news that her tests showed no signs of cancer.