5th annual ‘Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’ Walk Oct. 14

Survivors, supporters make huge strides in fight against breast cancer

The American Cancer Society is hosting its fifth annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K walk to celebrate Illinois breast cancer survivors and honor those who lost their battle to the disease. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at Martin Park in Loves Park; registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

Serving as one of the largest support groups for Illinois breast cancer survivors, this free and non-competitive walk is expected to draw more than 2,500 survivors and supporters.

An estimated 9,000 Illinois women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 2,000 will die from the disease, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Illinois women.

As part of a national effort, which last year raised more than $34 million, the three Illinois Strides events in Rockford, Chicago and Aurora are expected to raise $1 million. Since 1993, nearly 2.5 million walkers across the country have raised more than $160 million, making Strides the nation’s largest breast cancer event.

For more information, call 815-229-1287 or go to www.cancer.org/strides online.

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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