Wesley Chapel, FL – Oct 25th, 2014 – The American Cancer Society invites residents of Pasco County and surrounding areas to join the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Making Strides is a noncompetitive 5K walk that brings together cancer survivors, their family and friends, business partners, and community members in an effort to end breast cancer. This is the largest network of breast cancer-fighting events in the United States, with more than 300 Making Strides events across the country each year.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pasco event takes place on Oct. 25th at The Shops at Wiregrass/Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Registration will open at 8:00am and the walk will begin at 9:00am.
“Each person who joins a Making Strides team and shows their support makes a difference in the fight against breast cancer,” said Jannah McDonald. “This event continues to be instrumental in providing support services to individuals battling the disease and, one day, finding a cure. The American Cancer Society has discovered landmark treatments such as Tamoxifen and Herceptin, and research funding continues in the hopes of finding a cure.”
Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers have collected more than $594 million to fund breast cancer research and support and educational programs.
While significant progress has been made, more needs to be done in the fight against the disease. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.
To find out more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pasco please visit MakingStridesWalk.org/Pasco. For information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we celebrate our 100th year of service, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.