American Cancer Society Raises $210K At Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

NEW ORLEANS – More than 6,500 New Orleans residents came together on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Champions Square for the 18th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and raised $210,000 to help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

         “The October 1 event was a moving example of passion in action,” said Paula Shamsie, senior director for community engagement for the American Cancer Society. “Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk ensures no one faces breast cancer alone by bringing the community together, funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.”

         Since 1993, more than 12 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide. The 2016 walk was made possible in part by the generous support of Flagship Sponsors Atmos Energy, Harrah’s New Orleans, and Wal-Mart.

         While significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made, more needs to be done, organization reps said. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,450 will die from the disease this year.

         It’s not too late to make a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in New Orleans.

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