BY BROOKE SMITH
Thousands of local breast cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, corporate and community members will be uniting Sunday, Nov. 8 in the fight against breast cancer at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The noncompetitive walk raises awareness and funds for breast cancer as well as hope for all those touched by the disease.
Last year, 12,000 participants raised $790,000 in Queens for the American Cancer Society to invest in groundbreaking research as well as provide free, comprehensive information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society “Cancer Facts and Figure 2015,” an estimated 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Approximately 40,290 will die from the disease. This includes 14,900 cases and 2,420 deaths in New York State in 2015. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer helps people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable.
Since 1993, more than 11 million supporters have raised more than $685 million. Today, walks are held in nearly 300 communities nationwide. This Sunday’s walk will be held at 10 a.m. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, with check in beginning at 8 a.m.
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