Learn About Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer
Learn About Making
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable.
From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It's a day that shouldn't be missed and won't be forgotten.
The American Cancer Society depends on Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events to raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. And Making Strides events can't happen without people like you. Through your time, effort, and dedication, you're shining a light on the issue of breast cancer. By walking in an event, raising funds, volunteering or forming a team, you're helping the American Cancer Society find solutions through new treatments and support services. You're making a difference in the lives of so many. And for that we are grateful.
The best way to learn about Making Strides events is to hear about it from the participants themselves. Let this story inspire you and then share your own story with us.
Gail, Tom and Sophie's Story
Tom Bozzo lost his wife Gail Shovlin to breast cancer in 2015, but as his daughter Sophie often reminds him, she’s still there for them. “Dad – you should just talk to Mom when you need her or need help. That’s what I do,” she tells him. She finds her mom in the clouds, feels her in the wind, and thanks her for gifts every day. “I bet Mom gave us this beautiful day,” she’ll tell her father.
When Gail was diagnosed at 39 years-old, she was determined to not just beat her breast cancer but to beat breast cancer all together. And so she began an aggressive treatment. And she also began supporting her local Making Strides Breast Cancer walk.
In 2010, almost exactly one year after her diagnosis, she walked in the first of what would be many Making Strides walks. In the years that followed, with her cancer in remission, Gail grew her team to over 60 walkers and raised thousands and thousands of dollars to save lives from breast cancer. But in 2012, the cancer returned, worse than before. Gail renewed her treatments and continued her support for Making Strides undeterred. And though she was just as determined as before, unfortunately the treatment was unsuccessful and Gail passed away.
Now Tom and Sophie continue to walk for Gail every year and the fundraising competition between the two has become something that they both look forward to. “Her (Gail’s) great hope was that we were going to be raising some of the money to fund that person working in some lab somewhere who is going to find that elusive silver bullet,” Tom said, “And that is really why we walk for Making Strides.”
Apart from skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer type in women. In fact,
new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed.
new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will
be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
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Non-Cancerous Breast Conditions
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Would you like to lead the team or join the team?
This isn’t what I wanted.
Welcome to our Team Page. We’ve formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.
There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It’s providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.
How We Support the American Cancer Society
Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.
Join us. Donate today. Or walk with us.