American Cancer Society’s 26th Year Of ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’

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Valerie Mortimer of Huntington (left) and Kira Warren of Great Neck served as cancer survivor speaker honorees at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick off.

The walk at Jones Beach is the most attended event in the United States with more than 65,000 volunteer participants, helping to raise more than $2.65 million dollars. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer and provides hope to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will be held in Nassau County on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Jones Beach State Park. Start time is 7:30 a.m. for the walk. To register and for more information, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/longisland. The Suffolk County walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/EasternLongIsland for more information.

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 and access to care to those who need it most. In 2018, ACS staff helped guide more than 34,000 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 to care, according to Katie Goepfrich, senior manager for the American Cancer Society in Hauppauge.

“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,” she said.

This year, 17,490 women in New York will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 2,460 residents will succumb to the disease.

“At our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks the 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,” said Patti Mack, Communications Director, American Cancer Society.

To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how you can become involved, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org, email longislandnystrides@cancer.org or call 631-300-3212.

—Submitted by the American Cancer Society

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