October 19 - Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

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written by Terri Randhare, October 11, 2008
we have a group of people that would like to walk on Sunday Oct 19th at jones beach can u tell me how we can get started at such a late date. thanking you inadvance
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written by 5 Mile Walk, September 09, 2008
What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The average distance of each walk ranges from 3.1 miles (five kilometers) to five miles, depending upon the location. Events are held in more than 130 cities and towns across the country. This inspiring event unites communities to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and support programs to further the progress against this disease. All events are held rain or shine.

Who can participate?
Anyone can participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. From corporate CEOs to school children, the success of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer depends on individuals who commit to raising money, the people who donate to them, and our generous sponsors. Friends, families, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, sports teams, etc., can form their own teams and walk as a group. Organizations or businesses can also sponsor teams of walkers. Or, you are free to be a team of one. Volunteers are also needed to help at the event with registration, traffic, information, and many other important functions. Making Strides offers something for everyone. Participants in wheelchairs should contact their local American Cancer Society office prior to the event.

How can people get involved in Making Strides and the American Cancer Society fight against breast cancer?
There are numerous ways to get involved with Making Strides and other Society breast cancer support programs:

* Walk in Making Strides and raise donations from family, friends, and coworkers.
* Be a team leader and gather a group of any size to walk with you. Contact your local American Cancer Society office for a team leader kit.
* Double your fundraising dollars through a matching gifts program. Ask your personnel or human resources department for more details.
* Sponsor a walker with a generous, tax-deductible contribution.
* Help at the event by donating your time and talent.
* Volunteer for a Society breast cancer program in your community, including a program that connects recently diagnosed women with women who have survived the disease (Reach to Recovery®), and a program that helps patients cope with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment (Look Good…Feel Better®).
* Become a grassroots advocate to ensure all women have access to screening and treatment, regardless of their income. Learn more at 2007 MSABC Icon (15pxl) http://www.acscan.org
* Protect yourself by learning early detection guidelines.
* Sign up for an email mammogram reminder at 2007 MSABC Icon (15pxl) www.cancer.org/MammogramReminder

How much money does Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raise?
Since 1993, 4 million walkers across the United States have collected more than $280 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2007, nearly 500,000 participants in 130 communities raised more than $50 million to help fight this disease.

What happens with the money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
The funds raised through Making Strides enable the Society to continue its progress against breast cancer in every community by saving lives, helping those touched by breast cancer, and empowering people to fight back against this disease. Making Strides contributions support the American Cancer Society fight against breast cancer on all fronts:

Groundbreaking Discoveries
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest source of private, nonprofit cancer research funds. This research has led to the discovery of lifesaving breast cancer treatments like tamoxifen and Herceptin.

Reliable Information
Detecting breast cancer early can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why we offer breast cancer information at 1-800-ACS-2345 to help people reduce their risk and better understand the disease. Sign up for our free email mammogram reminder at 2007 MSABC Icon (15pxl)www.cancer.org/MammogramReminder.

A Voice for All Women
Cancer is not just a health issue; it is a political one as well. Dollars raised through Making Strides help the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN) advocate for all women to have access to mammograms and lifesaving treatment. Visit 2007 MSABC Icon (15pxl)http://www.acscan.org/makingstrides to learn more.

A Community of Support
Having breast cancer is hard, but finding help shouldn’t be. The American Cancer Society is the only organization that is here anytime, day or night, at 1-800-ACS-2345 to provide information, day-to-day help, and emotional support. Breast cancer is the number one reason people call us.

Thanks to your support, we offer free programs for patients and families and have offices in more than 3,400 communities across the country to provide assistance when and where people need help. Breast cancer support services and resources that are available from the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Network* include:

* A program run by trained breast cancer survivor volunteers who help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients cope with their disease by providing emotional support and information (Reach to Recovery®)
* An online community of cancer survivors, families, and friends who have been touched by cancer and would like to share their experiences, strength, and hope (Cancer Survivors NetworkSM)
* A community-based service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments (Look Good...Feel Better®)
* An easy-to-use email system designed to ensure that women age 40 and older remember to get their yearly mammogram: The interactive mammography reminder tool will send an email message each year reminding to “Please, schedule your mammogram today.” You can send a reminder to yourself or someone you love.
* A service program providing transportation for cancer patients to their treatments and home again (Road to RecoverySM)
* Free lodging for cancer patients having to travel long distances to receive cancer treatment (Hope Lodge®)

*Program availability may vary by area. To find out which programs are offered in your area, call your local American Cancer Society office or our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345), anytime, day or night.

Is there a registration fee or a minimum amount to raise?
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer does not have a registration fee and there is no minimum amount to raise. Making Strides does work to raise much-needed funds to support the American Cancer Society fight against cancer, but we also work to create awareness about the disease and encourage those who can’t make a donation or who aren’t able to request it of others, to come out and show their support by walking in their local event.

Will I get a free t-shirt for participating?
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer does not give out free t-shirts for participating in the walk. We’re guessing you have enough already and we know that the dollars you’ve worked so hard to raise can be better spent on our important efforts to beat this disease. We hope you agree. You can, however, purchase t-shirts and other items on event day, which helps raise even more money to fight breast cancer.
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
written by 5 Mile Walk, September 09, 2008
BY JENNIFER BARRIOS |
October 20, 2008

The last time Keith Saunders of North Babylon walked the American Cancer Society's annual breast-cancer walk, it was with his wife Sonia France-Saunders.

Yesterday, he made the trek with their wedding portrait - and a desire to keep her memory alive by fighting the disease that took her life in November 2005 at the age 41.

"She has motivated me," Saunders said.

Jones Beach was the site for memories and survivors yesterday as participants in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk remembered those who died and cheered on those who lived.

The chilly fall day, with winds that whipped through the crowd, didn't dissuade the thousands of walkers from marching the five-mile route along the wooden boardwalk at Jones Beach.

The event attracted 50,000 participants and raised $3 million for breast cancer research, education and advocacy, according to spokeswoman Sheri Richardson for the American Cancer Society.

Many in the crowd wore T-shirts that they had printed themselves: "Cousins walk for Phillis." "Team Wendy." "I wear pink for Suzanne."

Breast cancer has special resonance on Long Island, as there is a higher incidence of the disease in Nassau and Suffolk counties compared with the national average.

Paulette Schultz, 62, of Rosedale, Queens, began the walk at 8 a.m. with her two cousins.

"It just makes you feel good," said Schultz, who added that she has done the walk every year since 2004 despite having had two hip replacements. She and her cousins were participating in honor of family members who had breast cancer.

"It's wonderful to see so many survivors walking," Schultz said.

At the midpoint of the walk, people gathered around a long "memory fence" covered with buttons, ribbons, photos and handwritten remembrances.

"I did this for you Grandma," one person wrote on a board in the fence.

On the home stretch, Rita Cortese, 40, of Deer Park, powered down the boardwalk wearing a colorful scarf and a bright pink shirt with the word "Survivor" in capital letters.

Cortese said she was walking for two: herself and her mother, also a survivor of breast cancer, who couldn't make it to the walk because of recent surgery.

Her greatest hope, Cortese said, is "for a cure, for a hope that many more will be survivors."

"My mom had died of breast cancer, as her first two cousins, who were females, also died of breast cancer ... I also have friends and colleagues who also are survivors. I walk because I think it's very important ... to raise awareness of this disease. It runs across all lines - ethnic, racial, financial ... And it's something that we need to be educated about."

- JUDY KARLINSKY, Hewlett



"I've been doing this for six years. My sister works in a dental office ... (and it) raises money. It's something we do every year together. We enjoy it. I see the people here, the bond. Breast cancer is a big thing on Long Island. This is my way of giving back."

- CHRISTOPHER MELE, Ronkonkoma


Date: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Time: Rolling Registration and Start - 8:00 to 11:00 am
Location: Jones Beach State Park
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a great way to fight back against breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. Making Strides is not a race; it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. Making Strides walks do not have a registration fee or minimum fundraising amount. They are open to men, women, and children of all ages. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites friends, families, and coworkers to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Your support enables the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer prevention and early detection information, help ensure all women have access to mammograms and follow-up care, and provide free programs and services that improve the quality of life for people facing breast cancer.

In 2007, nearly 500,000 walkers in 130 communities across the country joined the American Cancer Society in our united fight against breast cancer. Together, we raised more than $50 million through Making Strides events and we did it one donation at a time. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is more than just a walk it describes the amazing progress we’re making together to defeat this disease. You are helping us raise dollars and awareness that leads to this incredible progress; and we did it together, one walker at a time.

While we are making strides against breast cancer, there is more work to be done to beat this disease … and we need your help! By participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, you will provide hope and help to millions of people nationwide whose lives have been forever changed by this disease. Join us for a few hours of exercise, inspiration, camaraderie, entertainment, and most importantly, to honor someone you know who has been affected by breast cancer, especially if that person is you.

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