Help Finish the Fight

Join the American Cancer Society in the effort to change the breast cancer statistics at the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Special to Inspire Coastal Bend

Significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made in recent years, but more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about one in eight and in 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,400 will die from the disease in the United States.

To change these statistics and the course of breast cancer forever, the American Cancer Society created Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walks in 1993 as a rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight the disease. In that time, 10 million walkers have collected more than $594 million, and last year, over 11,000 walkers in the Coastal Bend raised more than $375,000.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer brings communities together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Kayla Hanson, event manager. “The progress we are making is remarkable, but more people are needed to help finish the fight.”

Making Strides proceeds are used by the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research grants, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information and support legislative advocacy to make sure cancer patients have access to the care they need.

This year marks the sixth year in Corpus Christi. Sponsors of this year’s event are Bealls, CHRISTUS Spohn, the Coastal Bend Chevy Dealers, Corpus Christi Firefighters C.A.R.E., the Corpus Christi IceRays, H-E-B, Humana, Radiology Associates and Walmart.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer-Corpus Christi is proud to have three breast cancer survivors serving as Pink Profiles of Courage, sharing their story publicly and making themselves available to speak at events and serve as the faces of this year’s walk. The three 2014 Pink Profiles of Courage ambassadors are Candy Ferrell, Catherine Lutz and Lamarr Graves.

It is the hope that this program will continue in future years, engaging more breast cancer survivors and allowing previous classes to mentor new ones.

Call your local American Cancer Society office at 361-857-0136 or visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/corpuschristitx for information about the Corpus Christi walk, and help us continue saving lives.

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