The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5K fundraising walk on Saturday, October 20th at Montrose Harbor will help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and the day begins with a program at 9:00 a.m. with walkers stepping off at 10 a.m. Pre-registration can be done online at MakingStridesWalk.org.
The walks, in more than 270 communities nationwide, help to raise $60 million dollars for the American Cancer Society each year to save lives from breast cancer. The dollars raised fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; ensure access to mammograms for women who need them; and provide free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the Society for help and support, including transportation and lodging during treatment.
"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer," said Katherine L. Griem, M.D., president of the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division. "The progress we are making is remarkable, but we need volunteers to join us in the fight."
A two-year breast cancer survivor, Chicagoan Lauren Goldberg will be walking this year because she believes the event is a way to get the message out to all women to be proactive about their health as well as raise dollars for research and patient services.
"I am the family history, there wasn't breast cancer in my family before me," Goldberg says who is participating in a team of eight supporters. "The American Cancer Society was there for me. They provide the resources survivors need to get them through their cancer journey, and I wanted to give back."
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. This event also supports the American Cancer Society's unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
Flagship Sponsors of this year's Chicago Making Strides event include: ABC 7 Chicago, Baker & McKenzie, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and The Mix 101.9 FM/Rewind 100.3 FM. To register or for more information, visit MakingStridesWalk.org.or call 312-279-7266. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk