making strides memphis
$700k raised to fight breast cancer
by Greg Broy
Since 1993, 14 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide.
Approximately 10,0000 Memphis area walkers came together on Sunday, October 21 at the Liberty Bowl for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and raised $500,000. Another $200,000 is expected from October’s month-long Real Men Wear Pink fundraiser, bringing the local total to $700,000 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 Candace Dean, senior community development manager for the ACS in Memphis. “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.”
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 wellbeing 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.
Making strides memphis 2018
You Still Have Time!
It’s not too late to donate to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Greater Memphis. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MemphisTN 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 Greater Memphis walk was made possible in part by the generous support of many local businesses including flagship sponsors Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica Roadhouse, Kroger, and Allstate.
Additional local sponsors included Bryce Corporation, Carrier, Gastro One, Guess FM 97.7 and 95.3 The Rebel, JustMyMemphis, Kele, La Prensa Latina, Laurelwood Shopping Center, Local 24, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Mid-South Chevy Dealers, Orion FCU, Power&Tel, Saint Francis Healthcare, ServPro of Midtown, Varsity Spirit, XMC Inc., West Cancer Center, Wells Fargo, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
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