Event to fight breast cancer in Northwest Indiana


More than 100 representatives of Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region hospitals will be among participants in the American Cancer Society’s 20th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program, taking place locally Oct. 13 at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to honor those who have battled the disease,” says Sharon Malecha, a Franciscan Alliance participant. “The dollars raised by participants support the society, as it continues to do the most for people with breast cancer today and to end the disease tomorrow. One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support.”

Janice Lubbehusen, a breast cancer survivor employed by Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point who will be among participants in this year’s event, adds, “Because of the donations received to help fund the research that is available today, I am here to be a champion for survivorship.”

The society’s website says, “We’re determined to make this breast cancer’s last century. It’s this passion that drives us to walk in and raise money for Making Strides; passion for those we wish we could bring back in our lives, for those fighting the disease today and for a tomorrow without breast cancer.”

Provided by Franciscan Alliance