On Sunday, 2,000 supporters of the American Cancer Society, including 250 breast cancer survivors, gathered to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer at the 4th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Participants followed the five-mile route beginning and ending at Dorset Park to proudly honor breast cancer survivors and fondly remember those who have lost their lives to the disease. A total of $250,000 was raised to support American Cancer Society funded patient programs and services and research into the causes and cures for breast cancer.
“Making Strides brings people together in the fight against breast cancer,” said resident Amy Deavitt, staff partner with the American Cancer Society. ”In Vermont, an estimated 590 women—and men—will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. We want them to know they’re not alone. The progress we’re making in breast cancer treatment and research offers hope and saves lives.”
The Chittenden County walk is one of 23 Making Strides walks in New England for 2011. Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s signature event during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Dollars raised at Making Strides support the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or finding it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
SOURCE: American Cancer Society