While significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made, more needs to be done. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,610 will die from the disease this year. And breast cancer doesn’t stop there. More than 2,470 men in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with breast cancer as well.
To change these startling statistics, the American Cancer Society began Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks in 1993 as a rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to help end the disease. Since then, more than 13 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $810 million nationwide. Last year, 12,000 walkers in Kansas City helped to raise more than $320,000.
Research, Education, Support
“Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk ensures no one faces breast cancer alone by bringing the community together, funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction, and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most,” said Julie Michael, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Community Manager. “At the event, 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.”
Dollars raised through Making Strides walks enable the Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by the disease; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Kansas City Walk is a non-competitive, three-mile walk. Participants walk in teams or individually, and invite their friends and families to join their team and donate to their effort.
Join Us October 28th!
We will unite the community with a shared determination to help save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without breast cancer. Join us on October 28th at Crown Center! Learn more at www.makingstrideswalk.org/KansasCityMO
2017 Portrait of Hope Ambassadors
Meet our 2017 Portrait of Hope ambassadors for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Kansas City. Marquita Eberra, Melissa Anthony, Kendall West and Jeri Wright are breast cancer survivors with different experiences and triumphs. These ladies and gentleman are passionate about Making Strides and want you to join us on October 28th.
You never walk alone when you walk with us!
Real Men Wear Pink
In its second year in Kansas City, 22 prominent area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink (RMWP) Campaign. Local male leaders will kick start their efforts to fundraise for the Making Strides event and raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing pink throughout the month of October. To learn more about becoming a
Real Man, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/RealMenKansasCityMO