LANSING - Breast cancer has become the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, it has united nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight. Lansing hosted their event on October 10th.
Making Strides is an annual event that unites residents to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise money as well as awareness in hopes of helping the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer. The funds raised go toward providing free comprehensive information and support,groundbreaking breast cancer research and treatment as well as helping people take steps to reduce their risk.
"I feel really great, I think we are doing a great work by raising money and fighting the disease. I’m a seven year survivor and I can tell you the disease has not only affected myself, but also my family. So wonderful to be here, so much love and money raised to fight this disease. We are going to beat it," said breast cancer survivor.
People who participated in this event all dressed in pink and/or black to show their unity against breast cancer. Three young women survivors from the Capital area were invited to share their stories and passion against breast cancer for all to hear.
“I've grown to see God’s words in things I do. I have been passionate of being a counselor and helping people with disabilities. I always question what the plan was, and what I should specialize in, everyone has a story, and now mine will have to include cancer. We will be here next year for sure, I think our groups will continue to grow, as more survivors come forward and need that support,” said a young breast cancer survivor, who came to the event to deliver a speech with family by her side.
162 teams, 1,075 participants and over $121,000 raised.