Making strides to raise funds to fight breast cancer

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The power of pink: Carla Quinlan, a breast cancer survivor from Orland Park, attended last year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk at Centennial Park in Orland Park with her husband Tim and children TJ and Tori. | Supplied photo


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What: American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk

Where: Centennial Park soccer field, 153rd St. Metra Station, Orland Park

When: 8 a.m., Oct. 14

Registration: To register or for more information, visit or call
(708) 633-7770, option 3

Thousands of south suburban residents are needed to help change the course of breast cancer forever. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K fundraising walk on Oct. 14 in Orland Park will help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

The walks, in more than 270 communities nationwide, 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 unites us to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Katherine L. Griem, M.D., president of the American Cancer Society’s Illinois Division. “The progress we are making is remarkable, but we need volunteers to join us in the fight.”

A team that CAREs

“The first year I participated in Making Strides I invited a friend and we decided that it was a lot easier to walk a 5K than fight cancer. Little did I know, I would find out that was true the following year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Carol Peden of Oak Lawn. “I have a great team full of friends and family that never let me go to an appointment or test alone. We are “Team CARE” and we manage the children’s tent on the day of the Walk.”

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.

Sponsors of the south suburban Making Strides event this year include: ABC7Chicago, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, K-Love Radio and Marquette Bank.

For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Some of the other Chicago area Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks include:

Oct. 14, 8 a.m.: AT&T Campus, 2000 W. AT&T Center Drive, Hoffman Estates,

Oct. 14, 9 a.m.: Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grass-roots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Provided by the American Cancer Society