THOUSANDS RAISE $180,000 TO HELP FINISH THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

HONULULU, HI, October 26, 2015 – More than 4000 Hawaii residents came together on October 24, 2015 at Richardson Field/Ford Island for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and raised approximately $180,000 to help finish the fight.

“The October 24th event was a moving example of passion in action,” said Katie Burleson, Community Manager, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, “Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk unites the community together with a shared determination to help finish the fight. Making Strides participants can be proud that their fundraising efforts are helping to save more lives from breast cancer. Dollars they raise enable the American Cancer Society to invest in groundbreaking research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to people affected by the disease; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.”

Since 1993, more than 11 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $685 million nationwide. The 2015 walk was made possible in part by the generous support of Hawaii News Now, iHeart Communications, AlohaCare, Brett Hill Construction, Enterprise Holding, HawaiiUSA FCU, Pacific Business News, Hawaiian Electric Industries, CVS Health/Caremark, Kina’ole Estates.

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 2015, an estimated 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,290 will die from the disease this year.

It’s not too late to make a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Hawaii. Visit http://www.MakingStridesWalk.org/Hawaii to help the Society continue saving lives. For free breast cancer information and resources, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.

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