Help Finish the Fight Against Breast Cancer -- join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
Significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made in recent years, but 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 and in 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,400 will die from the disease in the U.S.
To change these stats and the course of breast cancer forever, the American Cancer Society created Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walks in 1993 as a rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight the disease. In that time, 10 million walkers have collected more than $594 million and last year, 3,000 walkers in East Tennessee raised more than $250,000 in the third year for the event locally.
Making Strides proceeds are used by the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research grants, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information, and support legislative advocacy to make sure cancer patients have access to the care they need.
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer brings our East Tennessee community together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Dr. Aaron Margulies, co-chair for this year’s event. “The progress we are making is remarkable, but more people are needed to help finish the fight.”
Making Strides will be held on Sunday, October 5 at World’s Fair Park. The event is family-friendly and non-competitive. Check in, day of registration, entertainment and kids’ activities will begin at 1pm. The Opening Ceremony will begin at 2:30pm, and the 3.1 mile walk through Downtown Knoxville and the UT Campus will begin at 3pm.
Call your local American Cancer Society office at 1-800-227-2345 or visit makingstridesknoxville.org to help continue saving lives.