Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk set for October 15

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The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Providence walk will be held Sunday, October 15 in Downtown Providence to support the fight against the second-leading cause of cancer death in women and ensure no one faces breast cancer alone. Registration for this noncompetitive, registration for this inspirational event opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk is set to start at 9 a.m.

Dollars raised by Making Strides supporters help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

Since 1993 more than 13 million supporters have raised more than $810 million nationwide. Last year 17,000 walkers in Providence helped to raise more than $700,000.

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. In Rhode Island an estimated 930 residents will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and, unfortunately, 120 will succumb to the disease.

"Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they're currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction," said Kelsey Newton, community development manager with the American Cancer Society. "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."

To learn more, join us at our kickoff event on Thursday, August 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program is set to start at 6 p.m. You can also learn more about our walk by visiting www.makingstrideswalk.org/providenceri or contact Kelsey Newton at 243-2624.

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