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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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Thousands of North Shore residents are needed to help change the course of breast cancer forever. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraising walk on Sunday, October 21 at Westfield Old Orchard (4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie) will help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

The walks, in more than 270 communities nationwide, help to raise $60 million dollars for the American Cancer Society each year to save lives from breast cancer. The dollars raised fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; ensure access to mammograms for women who need them; and provide free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the Society for help and support, including transportation and lodging during treatment.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Katherine L. Griem, M.D., president of the American Cancer Society’s Illinois Division. “The progress we are making is remarkable, but we need volunteers to join us in the fight.”

Evanston resident Jennifer McDermott is a six year survivor of breast cancer. “The main reason I walk in Strides is my eleven year old daughter. Both of my Grandmothers and two of my Aunts had breast cancer. I want a cure found so that when my daughter grows up, she will never have to think will she be next. This is my chance to help change lives,” said McDermott. “I want to help American Cancer Society towards making a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays! Anyone can walk at Making Strides… a person can make a difference in just one morning.”

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Sponsors the North Shore Suburban Making Strides event this year include Saint Francis Hospital, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Illinois Cancer Specialists.

To register or for more information, visit www.MakingStridesWalk.org/NorthShoreIL or call 847-328-5147 x3.

For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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