More than 800 people gathered on the campus of JCC in Jamestown recently, raising $80,000 for the fight against breast cancer through the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
"How amazing," said Mike Porpiglia of the American Cancer Society. "Each year the event continues to grow in numbers which helps us provide support for more people diagnosed with breast cancer and fund research toward finding a cure. It's a testament to the dedication and commitment our participants and volunteers have to the fight to end breast cancer. All of us are touched by breast cancer in some way and today we saw what the community can do when it comes together for the common good."
More than 226,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. Money raised through Making Strides helps the American Cancer Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the Society for information and help; to invest in groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; and to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.
Michael Porpiglia of the American Cancer Society makes an announcement during the recent Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jamestown Community College.
P-J?photo by Remington Whitcomb
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer research programs, as well as local patient and family service programs. These programs include:
Reach to Recovery links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors who offer information, answer questions and provide support while serving as living examples that breast cancer can be beat.
Look Good Feel Better is best described as a physical and mental makeover. It's a one-time educational session run by professional cosmetologists where women facing cancer are taught how to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. They leave the session looking good and feeling better.
1-800-227-2345 - Trained cancer information specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions about cancer, link callers with community resources, provide support and provide information on local events.
www.cancer.org is the most reliable, user-friendly site containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. Answers are provided to questions about the nature of breast cancer: causes and risk factors; the latest strategies for prevention and early detection; new diagnostic techniques; the latest treatment options and services available in your community.
Hope Lodge a free, temporary residential center for cancer patients and their caregivers near state-of-the-art treatment facilities. Located on Summer Street in Buffalo, Hope Lodge provides a free home away from home when people need to travel to Western New York for cancer treatment.
For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 800-227-2345.