November 7, 2018

By Greg Broy

Approximately 1,000 walkers from the Tri- Cities area came together on Sunday, October 28 at Founder’s Park for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and raised $110,000 to help the ACS save more lives from breast cancer.

“Sunday’s event was a moving example how – united – we can make huge progress toward a world without breast cancer,” said Holly Booker, community development manager for the ACS in the Tri-Cities. “Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk helps the ACS fund groundbreaking research into causes, prevention, and treatments for breast cancer, provide free rides to chemo and places to stay near hospitals, a live 24/7 cancer helpline, and so much more.”

Since 1993, 14 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide. This year Avon joined the ACS as the first-ever National Presenting Sponsor. For over 130 years, Avon has inspired the financial independence, health and well being of women – and the fight against breast cancer is central to their mission.

Making Strides participants can be proud of a 39 percent drop in breast cancer death rates since 1989, but there is still much more to do. 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 2018, more than 266,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease this year. In Tennessee, 5,590 women will be diagnosed this year, and 920 will die from the disease. In Virginia, 7,510 women will be diagnosed this year, and 1,090 will die from the disease.

It’s not too late to donate to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in the Tri-Cities. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/ TriCitiesTN to help the American Cancer Society continue saving lives. For free breast cancer information and resources or to donate, visit the ACS, anytime day or night, at cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345. The 2018 Tri-Cities walk is made possible in part by the generous support of many local companies including Ballad Health, Citi, Edward Jones, Humana, Pizza Plus, and State of Franklin Healthcare Associates