First Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Sussex County

by Dave on September 14, 2010

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s premier event to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. Making Strides’ donations support the Society’s lifesaving efforts to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, provide up-to date prevention and early detection information, help ensure all women have access to mammograms, and offer free programs and services to improve the quality of life for those facing the disease.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive Walk, sometimes coupled with a run event as well to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer. Our local Making Strides Against Breast cancer will feature both a 5Kwalk and a 5Krun.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will take place on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens campus, Georgetown, DE. This will be the first annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk/Race” in Sussex County.

The walk will actually begin at 9 a.m. The 5K race will begin a half hour earlier, at 8:30 a.m. Registration will open for all at 7 a.m. To participate in the race, there is a $20 fee up to Sept 27th and $25 after Sept 27th.

Flagship Sponsors for the first annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) are: Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center; Nanticoke Health Services; Delaware Today; Cool 101.3 and Eagle 97.7. Media sponsor for the event is Comcast Spotlight.

There are many ways to become involved. You can form a team or walk as an individual. You can volunteer to help on the day of the event, or to work on the committee. You can recruit others to become involved. You can raise money even if you cannot have a team, or participate on the day of the event. Your business, church, family, friends, organizations, neighbors, coworkers, school, or other groups can become involved. To find out more, visit website at www.stridessussex.org.

A special tent will Celebrate Survivors and Honor Loved Ones lost to breast cancer will be set up along with special activities for survivors and tokens to honor them. All participants will have an opportunity to honor those in their lives who have breast cancer by wearing a “I am making strides for …” sticker.

Funds raised through MSABC will allow the American Cancer Society to continue funding lifesaving breast cancer research; provide up-to-date breast cancer information; ensure all women have access to breast cancer screening and treatments, regardless of income; and, provide services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.

Since 1993, over 5 million walkers across the United States have participated in Making Strides events, throughout the county, primarily in larger cities, like Boston, New York Atlanta, Wilmington, DE, etc. Last year over 600,000 walkers across the country collected more than $60 million to help fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. As of right now, there are more than 160 Making Strides events scheduled for 2010, and this number is increasing every year.

It is estimated that over 193,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year and over 40,000 women will die from the disease this year. For women, breast cancer continues to be the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. (About 1,910 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and 440 men are estimated to die from the disease this year.) Finding breast cancer early increases treatment options and helps save lives and create a world with more birthdays. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer that has not spread to lymph nodes or other locations outside the breast has increased from 80 percent in the 1950s to 98 percent today.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact the American cancer Society at 800-937-9696 or visit the website at www.stridessussex.org.

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