In September, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. We raised $210, and the company matched it for a donation of $420.
Our employee, Elizabeth Pita, is a breast cancer survivor and her and her team walks annually under the team name “Elizabeth’s Entourage,” as they have since 2014.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for American women, after skin cancer. Regrettably, women have a 12.4% chance of developing cancer during their lifetime, and even one loss of life is too many.
Despite great medical advances, better prevention methods, and increased awareness, many women are diagnosed with invasive and non-invasive forms of the disease every year. The American Cancer Society reports an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer for 2017, and 63,410 new cases of non-invasive forms. They also estimated 40,610 women died from breast cancer.
Fortunately most patients today are breast cancer survivors, but the task of fighting breast cancer is very daunting and ongoing. Every patient and the way breast cancer affects them differs. Only through continual efforts to increase awareness, the necessary teamwork, better medical treatments, and funding will it possible to eradicate the disease.
This year the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk takes place on October 14th, starting in downtown Providence. It’s a non-competitive 5K walk throughout the city of Providence, and one of the largest events for the American Cancer Society in the Northeast region.
This is the 25th year for the walk, and efforts continue to grow and strengthen annually. It not only gives participants a way to fight cancer, but also to inspire hope for those facing the disease and to raise community awareness. Last year, over 15,000 participants attended the walk, and raised over $500,000 for this worthwhile charity.
Three-quarters of funds raised from the walk go towards leading-edge research, support for patients and families, education and information, increasing early detection, and reducing women’s risk. The remaining quarter helps pay for administration and fundraising efforts.
Many people mistakenly believe organizations such as the American Cancer Society are heavily funded by grants and government contracts, when only 1% of funding comes from these sources. The remainder comes from caring, empathic donors, like you.
If you have a friend, partner, or family member who’s been affected by breast cancer, or the cause is important to you, please donate to Elizabeth’s Entourage. Every penny brings us one step closer to eliminating the disease and lightens the load for those who continue to battle.