Thousands raised to make strides to end breast cancer

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 more than 8,000 dedicated community members got up early, laced up their shoes and came out to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer five-mile walk.  Thousands of women, men and keiki dressed in pink walked from Richardson field to Ford Island and back.  All who participated walked to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about the disease and raise funds and awareness.  Nearly $200,000 was raised at this inspriational event.

Honolulu’s Making Strides walk is one of more than 250 events being held across the country this year. More than 1,000 women in Hawai‘i will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and about 140 will die from the disease.

 Funds raised through Making Strides will help the American Cancer Society save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well by taking steps to reduce breast cancer risk or find it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a breast cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research; and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat breast cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.  

Sponsors of this year’s Honolulu Making Strides event include: AlohaCare, HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, Hawaii News Now, and Hawaiian 105 KINE, KRATER 96, KCCN FM100, and POWER 104.3.  

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.

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