In September, we donated the funds raised during our casual Fridays to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a fundraising effort of the American Cancer Society. We raised $211, and our agency matched it for a total donation of $422.
Elizabeth Pita (center), and her team, Elizabeth’s Entourage, participated in the walk held in Providence on October 15th. Elizabeth is a breast cancer survivor and both she and her family participated, as they have since 2013. It’s their way of celebrating her fight and the fight of others as they continue to battle breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, aside from skin cancers. Women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing the disease, and the American Cancer Society estimates that doctors will diagnose 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer in 2017, as well as 63,410 cases of non-invasive cancer in its earliest stages.
Unfortunately, many women still die from breast cancer despite increased awareness, medical advances, and greater understanding. Fortunately, fewer older women die due to improved screening and treatment and broader awareness.
To date, 3.1 million women in the United States can say they survived breast cancer. However, everyone hopes to eliminate it entirely. Due to the diversity of patients, the many ways breast cancer can affect them, and the many forms of breast cancer, this presents an enormous task. It requires determination, funding, teamwork, and awareness.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive walk to unite people in a common cause and to make a difference for everyone touched by breast cancer. It is also the largest one-day fundraising event in the state of Rhode Island, spans 3 miles through downtown Providence, includes community leaders and this year, almost 400 teams.
The 2017 Providence event had over 15,000 participants, and event organizers say they are on track to reach their goal of over $650,000. They continue to accept donations until the end of the year so participants can reach their fundraising targets. So far, Elizabeth’s Entourage raised $802, but they would appreciate your support. You can still make a one-time or monthly tax deductible gift.
Money raised goes towards innovative research, free information and support, and to reduce breast cancer risk and increase early detection. Three-quarters of donations go towards program services such as cancer research, patient support, prevention, education and information, and detection and treatment. The remaining quarter pays for fundraising efforts and administrative costs.
Only 1% of the American Cancer Society’s money comes from grants and contracts from government agencies – the rest comes from caring, empathic people like you.