This year, 250,230 women and 1,990 men will hear the words “You have breast cancer,” and there’s a good chance that some of them will be people we know and love.
I have chosen to fight back against this disease and help make a difference by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk that takes place in 120 communities across the country, including 20 in New England. From California to Massachusetts and Florida to Maine, Making Strides walkers unite to honor breast cancer survivors and to educate women about early detection and prevention. And, of course, by raising money to support the American Cancer Society fight against breast cancer, we help fund groundbreaking research, public awareness campaigns, efforts to ensure that all women have access to mammograms, and programs and services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
I hope you will join me by making a donation in support of my effort.
I can accept donations online here (It’s safe and simple. All you have to do is click the link below and follow the few easy steps) or I can take donations online or in the form of cash or check. I would be glad to come to your office to pick up a donation if you care to make one.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
Location: Wentworth Douglas Hospital
Time: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
Registration: Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Walk start: 11 a.m.
Walk length: 4 miles or 1.8 miles — your choice!
I hope you will support my efforts by making a donation on my personal fundraising page.
Last year, 500,000 Making Strides participants across the U.S. raised $50 million ($7.5 million of that in New England), and they did it one donation at a time. So, whether you’re able to give $5, $50 or $500, every bit truly does help fight a disease that 1 in 8 women will face in her lifetime.
Thanks, in part, to funds raised by Making Strides, American Cancer Society-funded researchers have been involved with many breast cancer research breakthroughs, including the discovery of genes for inherited breast cancer, lumpectomy as an alternative to radical mastectomy, use of tamoxifen to reduce risk of second or first breast cancer, development of monoclonal antibodies to treat breast cancer (Herceptin), and the links between obesity and breast cancer, alcohol and breast cancer, and the benefits of exercise in reducing breast cancer risk.
Hope starts one dollar at a time. Hope starts with me. And hope can start with you.