‘Making Strides’ for funds, awareness in fight against breast cancer, Oct. 29

'Making Strides' for funds, awareness in fight against breast cancer, Oct. 8

Student cheerleaders are pictured at last year’s Cancer Society walk by stirring up the energy among participants at Marlins Park.

American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk unites the community with a shared determination to help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer. Sponsored by CBS Labs, this noncompetitive, inspirational walk/event takes place on Oct. 29 at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way in Miami, at 9 a.m. (registration starts at 7 a.m.).

Funds raised by Making Strides supporters help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast-cancer research, said Dr. Orlando Silva, event chair and hematologist/oncologist in Miami.

“The organization does this by promoting education and risk reduction, and by providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most,” Dr. Silva added.

Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide. Last year, more than 10,000 walkers in Miami helped to raise more than $350,000.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 246,660 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, while 40,450 will die from the disease this year. In Florida, an estimated 16,770 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and an estimated 2,880 will die. Making Strides is the world’s largest movement to end breast cancer and the largest global awareness and fundraising event of its kind.

“Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” Dr. Silva said.

Communities embrace a “bittersweet mix of purpose at the event,” he added. “We celebrate survivorship while paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost.” From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, The Cancer Society provides support to everyone impacted by breast cancer.

For information, visit makingstrideswalk.org/miamifl or contact Brittany Perets by calling 305-779-2847 or via email at brittany.perets@cancer.org. Also visit cancer.org.

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