American Cancer Society kicks off Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

It’s still summer but The American Cancer Society is already thinking pink. The public is invited to free Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff rallies and informational meetings in six Connecticut communities this month.

• Wednesday, August 5, Torrington, Kids Play Museum, 61 Main Street, 6 p.m.

• Thursday, August 13, Westport, Westport Inn, 1595 Post Road East, 8 a.m. (breakfast reception)

• Tuesday, August 18, New Haven, Greek Olive, 402 Sargent Dr, 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, August 18, Newington, Indian Hill Country Club, 111 Golf St, 8 a.m. (breakfast reception)

• Thursday, August 20, Groton, Cardinal Honda, 531 Route 12, 6:30

• Thursday, August 27, Waterbury, Pies and Pints Restaurant, 25 Leavenworth St, 6:30

What is Making Strides?

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. Since 1993, more than 11 million supporters have raised more than $685 million nationwide. Last year, more than 12,000 walkers helped to raise more than $ 1million dollars. This free kickoff event will provide community members the opportunity to learn how to get involved in the 6 walks slated for October 2015 in Connecticut.

Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks enable the American Cancer Society to finish the fight against breast cancer by investing in groundbreaking research; providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and helping people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

“Uniting with others in the Making Strides walk gives us power to make a real difference in the fight to end breast cancer,” said Patrice Lestrange, Communications Director for the American Cancer Society. “At the event we celebrate survivorship and pay a meaningful tribute to those affected by the disease. Thanks to participants, the American Cancer Society is there for those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether because of education and risk reduction.”

For additional details about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in Litchfield, Westport, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and New London, visit makingstrideswalk.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Walks locations in Connecticut

Sunday, October 4, 2015 – Litchfield, White Memorial Conservation Center, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – Westport, Sherwood Island State Park, 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – Hartford, Bushnell Park, 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – Waterbury, Library Park, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 25, 2015 – New London, Rocky Neck State Park, noon.

To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Connecticut and how you can become involved, visit makingstrideswalk.org, call 800.227.2345 or via email at [email protected]

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

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