The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on October 20 at Dorset Park united the entire community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educated people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early, and raised funds to help finish the fight against breast cancer. The event raised $317,000.

Community Unites to Help Finish the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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Thursday January 01, 1970

Nearly 2,000 Chittenden County residents joined together at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® five-mile fundraising walk on Sunday, October 20 to help the Society finish the fight against breast cancer. This noncompetitive walk united the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about prevention and early detection, and raise funds to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. 

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said South Burlington resident  Amy Deavitt, American Cancer Society senior manager and 10-year breast cancer survivor. “We are so thankful for how this community has pulled together to encourage everyone to change the course of breast cancer forever. Making Strides walkers and supporters can be proud that their efforts are helping 2.9 million breast cancer survivors living in the US celebrate another birthday this year.” 

One hundred and sixty breast cancer survivors gathered to celebrate cancer-free lives, some who fought the battle more than 20 years ago, while others, still in treatment, including one woman who says she’s a “work in progress,” gained inspiration and encouragement to fight on. 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is just one way that the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays in Vermont. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to fund the fight. Dollars raised through Making Strides help the Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the Society for help and support; fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer; and help ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Sponsors of this year’s Making Strides event in Chittenden County include: The Other Paper, FOX 44/ABC 22, Star 92.9, FreeMedia Press, Myers Container Service, Clarence Brown Inc., ICF International, Jolley, Premier, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, Orleans Country Club.In 2013, the American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th birthday - 100 years of saving lives and creating more birthdays. This milestone is a time to recognize the lifesaving progress made and make a commitment to get loud by taking more action.  Silence won’t finish the fight – only action will.  By supporting Making Strides you can take action, make noise, get loud, and help the Society to finish the fight against breast cancer.  

It is not too late to make a donation to the American Cancer Society through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Visit to help the Society finish the fight against breast cancer. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 13.7 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