Make an impact: Join breast cancer fight

If you think simply joining the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk or supporting someone else can’t make much of a difference, think again. Thanks to such support, breast cancer death rates have decreased by 34 percent since 1989, contributing to more than 203,000 lives saved.

The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history, including:

• Establishing mammography as the standard for breast cancer screening.

• Discovering lifesaving treatments, such as Perception and Tamoxifen.

• Discovering genes that cause breast cancer.

• Confirming the knowledge that genetics, body weight, lack of exercise, and alcohol use can increase breast cancer risk by 34 percent.

The dollars you raise make a difference.

• $20 could help provide one night of lodging for a cancer patient and caregiver traveling far away from home for treatment.

• $50 could help provide seven rides to and from treatment.

• $100 could help guide four women facing breast cancer through every step of their journey.

Last year Making Strides of Point Pleasant welcomed more than 20,000 participants and raised more than $1.12 million. So please, join the fight this year, on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at Point Pleasant Beach, Corner of Arnold & Ocean Ave. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off 10 a.m. Or visit the Making Strides website for more information.

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