The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks will occur on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Jones Beach and Sunday, Oct. 28, at Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus, uniting communities, honoring those touched by the disease and raising awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer.
The event at Jones Beach is the most attended event in the U.S., with more than 65,000 volunteer participants, helping to raise nearly $3 million. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The inspirational event raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer, providing hope to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.
Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. In 2017, ACS staff helped guide more than 40,000 cancer patients through every step of their journey as they moved through the health care system, including helping with insurance problems, referring them to ACS and other local services, assisting caregivers and addressing obstacles.
“Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” said Patti Lestrange Mack, communications director for the ACS. “At the event, communities embrace a bittersweet mix of purpose—celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer.”
To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can become involved, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/longisland and www.makingstrideswalk.org/EasternLongIsland. To contact, email LongislandNYstrides@cancer.org or call 631-300-3212.