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The American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast at Memphis Botanic Garden on August 23 to share details about its upcoming, free community walk on Sunday, October 21 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Greater Memphis walk celebrates its 18th year in 2018. Flagship sponsors are Kroger, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica Roadhouse, and Allstate. Registration for the Oct. 21 Making Strides event begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 3 p.m. There is no cost to register; however, teams are encouraged to fundraise to support the Society’s life-saving mission.

Dollars raised help the ACS fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

Since 1993, more than 14 million supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide. Last year, more than 5,000 walkers in Greater Memphis helped to raise approximately $600,000.

At the Aug. 23 kickoff, Autumn Rodriguez of Power & Tel, the morning’s sponsor, welcomed guests. Local 24 anchor Katina Rankin emceed the event, and highlighted how individuals, businesses, and organizations can support the ACS’s work to help save lives from breast cancer. 


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Featured survivor speaker, Suzanne Horsley, encouraged attendees to stay up to date on their cancer screenings. She also left them with the inspirational message to, “cherish every day and make a difference.”

Candace Dean, senior community manager for the ACS’s Greater Memphis office, encourages Mid-Southerners to come together on Oct. 21 to raise funds, celebrate survivorship and pay meaningful tributes to loved ones lost.

“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 Dean.

Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MemphisTN or call your area’s American Cancer Society office at 901-278-2091 to join the walk, make a donation, or host a fundraiser.

Join the conversation on social media at Facebook.com/MakingStridesMemphis; Twitter @MSABCMemphis; and Instagram @ACSMemphis.

Sponsor the event

Our Making Strides walk offers a unique opportunity to reach passionate participants in our community. As a Making Strides sponsor, you will help support the American Cancer Society in working to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

Volunteer at the event

You’re just a quick step from volunteering to support the Making Strides walk! None of this would be possible without dedicated volunteers donating their time and talent. Walk with the American Cancer Society volunteer family, and you will help us to end the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

View walk details

At our Making Strides walk, you can share in an inspiring mix of passion and purpose – exceptional courage of survivors, meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, and collective determination to raise funds to help finish the fight! Be sure to check often leading up to our event for important event-day details.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re here to answer any questions you might have about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, but if you have a question that’s not answered below, please let us know. Call us anytime at 1-800-227-2345.

What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. As the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, the noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walks unite communities with a shared determination to create a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate participants raise critical funds enabling the Society to fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Who can participate in Making Strides events?

Anyone can participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The success of our events depends on passionate individuals who commit to raising funds, generous donors who support our participants, and dedicated corporate and community sponsors. You can walk as an individual or as part of a team. Teams can be comprised of friends, families, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. Organizations or businesses can also coordinate and sponsor teams of walkers.

How much money does the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raise for the American Cancer Society?

Since 1993, more than 12 million walkers across the United States have raised more than $750 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2015 alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer.

What happens with the money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events?

Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events help the American Cancer Society work to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. The Society is::

  • Investing in innovative breast research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease
  • Providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer in every community, when and where they need it.
  • Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable.
How do I turn in the money I raise?

You can turn in money at the event or your supporters can donate online through our secure website. If you have not finished collecting your donations by event day, or if you’re unable to attend, send your contribution form and remaining donations to your local American Cancer Society office.

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