Walks to fight breast cancer

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Letting go: Cancer survivors and supporters released pink balloons at a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Orland Park. | File photo

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Here are Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events scheduled this month across the south suburban and Northwest Indiana regions:

Oct. 6: Making Strides of Bolingbrook, The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, begins at 9 a.m.

Oct. 13: South Suburban Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Centennial Park soccer fields, 10401 W. 153rd St., Orland Park, begins at 9 a.m.

Oct. 13: Making Strides of Merrillville, Hidden Lake Park, 6355 Broadway, Merrillville, begins at 1 p.m.

Oct. 19: Making Strides of Lafayette, Suburu of Indiana Automotive, 5500 State Road 38 E, Lafayette, begins at 10 a.m.

Oct. 20: Making Strides of Valparaiso, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso, begins at 1 p.m.

Oct. 20: Making Strides of Joliet, Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet, begins at 9 a.m.

Oct. 26: Making Strides of South Bend, Howard Park, 219 S. Saint Louis Blvd., South Bend, begins at 9:30 a.m.

More information is at makingstrides.acsevents.org.

The American Cancer Society turns 100 this year, and there would be no better gift than to have thousands of south suburban and Northwest Indiana residents participate in the society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising walks this month.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Orland Park, Joliet and Bolingbrook in the south suburbs, along with ones in Merrillville, Valparaiso, Lafayette and South Bend in Northwest Indiana, will help the Society finish the fight against breast cancer. The walks, in nearly 300 communities, help to raise $60 million dollars for the American Cancer Society each year to save lives from breast cancer. The dollars raised fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; ensure access to mammograms for women who need them; and provide free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the Society for help and support, including transportation and lodging during treatment.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline to help the Society continue saving lives. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is a global grass-roots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Provided by American Cancer Society