A free reception open to the public will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 to kick off New London County’s 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Breast cancer survivors and community members with an interest in the breast cancer issue are encouraged to attend. The Kickoff Reception will be held at the Atria Crossroads Place which is located at 1 Beechwood Drive in Waterford, CT beginning at 6:00 pm. For more information about the Kickoff Reception, please call Elsie Melita at 203-379-4810 or register online by visiting www.seeuthere.com/ACS/NewLondonKickoff . The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of New London County will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT.
As the American Cancer Society’s premier event to fight breast cancer, Making Strides is a noncompetitive 5K walk that raises awareness and funds to help fight for every birthday threatened by breast cancer in every community. Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to fund the fight against breast cancer. In 2011, approximately 3,280 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in Connecticut alone. One of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to the Society for help and support. The funds raised from Making Strides enables the American Cancer Society to provide free resources and programs to these women, as well as support groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer and ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.
Since 1993, 8 million walkers have raised more than $450 million to help save lives by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back. In 2012, the American Cancer Society is commemorating 20 years of saving lives through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and celebrating the more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors who will see another birthday this year, thanks in part to Making Strides supporters.
There are five convenient walk sites across Connecticut during the month of October: Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, New London County and Westport. For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Connecticut please visit www.makingstrideswalk.org or call us at 800-227-2345.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.