It’s almost time to walk together and make a bigger impact on breast cancer. The American Cancer Society Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in Flint is set for this Saturday, Oct. 12.
The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation — and they do more than just walk. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities behind the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer. They also raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.
The event kicks off at the Flint DDA Lot, 412 S. Saginaw St. in Downtown Flint at 8:30am for check in. The walk begins at 10am. Sign up online for easy check-in the day of the walk. All event participants, including children, need to register for the walk. If you do not register online prior to the event, please visit the check-in area upon arrival.
The event starts out with an Opening Ceremony where survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer, come together and celebrate their shared efforts.
Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk is not a race. You can stop whenever you want or need to. You absolutely do not need to complete the entire walk if you are unable. The walk concludes when the final walker crosses the finish line.
The survivor area is a special area for survivors and the caregivers attending with them. Both survivors and caregivers are included to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and the necessity of regular screening. About one in eight U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
To learn more about the Making Strides of Flint or for other information, call 1.800.227.2345, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also contact your local American Cancer Society office at FlintMIStrides@cancer.org.