Caption: Westchester residents will again unite in the fight against breast cancer at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Manhattanville College in Purchase. Visit makingstrideswalk.org/Westchester for more information. Photo credit: American Cancer Society
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Westchester, presented by Houlihan Lawrence, will return as an in-person walk on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Manhattanville College, providing reimagined and new ways to support and fund the future of breast cancer research and programs. This walk will be held in accordance with CDC and NY State guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees and masks are required. Last year’s event was a drive-thru, with additional virtual options due to the pandemic. In 2019, an estimated 20,000 participants joined the effort raising more than $1 million.
Advance registration is free and open to individuals, teams, families, and groups at www.makingstrideswalk.org/westchester. The Society is requiring that all individuals sign up in advance to be kept abreast of important details, which will be updated regularly.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional walk might look different but our passion and commitment to fight breast cancer is unchanged,” says Sheila Bogan, development manager at the American Cancer Society. “The health and safety of all our guests and participants is our number one priority. As the fall draws closer, event-based decisions may be made to best meet the health and safety needs of our supporters, staff, and volunteers, including options that help mitigate individual and community health risks,” she added.
In its 28th year in Westchester County, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement embraces a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, while raising awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in the U.S. In New York, the American Cancer Society estimates 17,540 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 2,510 will succumb to the disease. Nationwide, 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021.
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s nonprofit leader in the breast cancer fight, putting 100+ years of cancer-fighting experience to work through investments in breast cancer research, ensuring greater access to quality care, influencing public policy, and providing patient support.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.