Frequently Asked Questions: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® is a noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. The average distance of each walk ranges from five kilometers (3.1 miles) to five miles, depending upon the location. Events are held in more than 125 cities across the country. This inspiring event unites communities to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and support programs to further the progress against this disease.
Who can participate?
Individuals of all ages are welcome to participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. You can participate as part of a team or as an individual. The event will be held rain or shine. Participants in wheelchairs should contact their local American Cancer Society office prior to the event.
How do you register and what are the costs involved?
There is no pre-registration or registration fee for the event. Participants can register on the day of the event or sign up online at http://www.cancer.org/stridesonline. While the event is free, everyone involved is encouraged to collect donations to support the fight against breast cancer.
What benefits does the Making Strides online fundraising tool provide to participants?
The online fundraising tool at http://www.cancer.org/stridesonline allows participants to:
There are numerous ways to get involved with Making Strides and the Society's other breast cancer support programs:
How much money does Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raise?
Since 1993, 3.5 million walkers across the United States have collected more than $230 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2006, more than 450,000 participants in 120 cities raised more than $40 million to help fight this disease.
What happens with the money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
Making Strides contributions support the American Cancer Society's fight against breast cancer on all four fronts: research, education, advocacy, and patient services. The funds raised through Making Strides enable the Society to continue its progress against breast cancer in every community by saving lives, helping those touched by breast cancer, and empowering people to fight back against this disease.
Service Programs: The American Cancer Society offers free programs for patients and families and has offices in more than 3,400 communities across the country to provide assistance when and where people need help. Breast cancer support services and resources that are available from the Society's Cancer Resource Network* include:
*Program availability may vary by area.
To find out which programs are offered in your area, call your local Mississippi Gulf Coast American Cancer Society office at 228-896-8936, or our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345), anytime, day or night.