More than 1,400 participants rallied together on Oct. 19 at the Dorset Park in South Burlington for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising approximately $300,000. Nearly 150 breast cancer survivors were honored at the Society’s premier breast cancer awareness event.
“Sunday’s event was an inspirational example of passion in action,” said Michele Almeida, Specialist for Community Events with the American Cancer Society. “I’m so proud of how our community responded and how every participant, volunteer and sponsor took positive steps to help finish the fight against breast cancer.”
While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.
Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers in nearly 300 communities across the nation have collected over $594 million.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds are used to make a difference by:
- Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable;
- Investing in groundbreaking cancer research to find, prevent, treat and cure the disease;
- Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer when and where they need it including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance and more;
- Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.
For additional details about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how to get involved visit makingstrideswalk.org. For free breast cancer information and resources visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345 any time day or night.