GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - More than 1,800 residents from West Michigan joined together at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on May 4 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids raising nearly $134,000 to help the Society in the fight against breast cancer.
This noncompetitive event united the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk, and raise funds to end breast cancer.
"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer," said Cindy Mackey, director for the American Cancer Society Northwest Michigan Office in Grand Rapids. "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 celebrate another birthday this year."
The funds raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer help the Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the organization for help and support. Last year, more than a million people who called the Society for help were assisted through free services like a place to stay while traveling for treatment, rides to treatment, emotional support, access to mammograms, and much more.
"We invest more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type and have played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history." Mackey said. "As the American Cancer Society looks forward to celebrating its 100th birthday on May 22, we are determined to make this cancer's last century and put ourselves out of business."
Since 1993, 8 million walkers have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and breast cancer death rates have dropped by 32 percent. Last year alone, one million walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer.
It's not too late to make a donation to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Grand Rapids event. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/grandrapidsmi to help the Society continue saving lives.
For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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