Locals Unite to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer 9

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and since 1993, millions of passionate participants have joined forces to take steps against breast cancer in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual 3- to 5-mile walks each year.

The noncompetitive annual walks held across the country every October provide a powerful and inspiring opportunity for communities to come together to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about reducing the risk of getting breast cancer, and fundraise for the American Cancer Society.

“Whether we’ve faced it ourselves, or someone we love has, almost everyone has been affected by breast cancer in some way,” notes the American Cancer Society online. “But at the same time, we can all do something about it. By donating to a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, you’re helping the American Cancer Society make a difference in so many ways, from funding innovative breast cancer research to simply providing a hand to hold.”

Monies raised from the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks help the American Cancer Society fund research, provide education and guidance, and offer comprehensive patient support to those who neOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and since 1993, millions of passionate participants have joined forces to take steps against breast cancer in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual 3- to 5-mile walks each year.ed it most so that no one facing breast cancer ever has to walk alone.

“Thanks to the dedication of passionate individuals, there is no limit to the impact we can make when we unite together,” says Susan Petre, vice president of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. “The money raised by our Making Strides fundraisers will fund innovative breast cancer research, provide free information and support, and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.”

Get Involved

There’s still time to sign up for this month’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk taking place Oct. 28 at the Santa Monica Pier. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the Walk starts at 10 a.m. Hundreds of participants are expected to come together for the walk, with the goal to raise $175,800.

The event kicks off with the Opening Ceremony, uniting the survivors, caregivers, and men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. By coming together and celebrating their shared efforts, the event participants inspire each other to carry on and take comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone in the fight to end breast cancer.

“I walked right after I started chemotherapy. A cancer diagnosis can be so isolating, but hope and love is something that is so powerful,” shares Breast Cancer Survivor and Walk Participant Kimberly Stanke.

As hundreds of participants walk together, united in the cause, the emphasis is on unity, and not competition. The event is not a race, and walkers are encouraged to stop whenever they want or need to. After the walk, participants will celebrate with local entertainment, water and shared success in helping the American Cancer Society in its efforts to save lives and win the battle against breast cancer.

To join the Making Strides of Santa Monica walk or for additional information, contact the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345 or visit Cancer.org.