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What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is a powerful event to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. As the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, the noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walks unite communities with a shared determination to create a world free from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. Passionate participants raise critical funds enabling the Society to fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
Who can participate in Making Strides events?
Anyone can participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The success of our events depends on passionate individuals who commit to raising funds, generous donors who support our participants, and dedicated corporate and community sponsors. You can walk as an individual or as part of a team. Teams can be comprised of friends, families, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers. Organizations or businesses can also coordinate and sponsor teams of walkers.
Note: Participants in wheelchairs should contact their local American Cancer Society office prior to the event for additional information.
Event volunteers are needed to help with check-in, water stations, information, and much more. Making Strides events offer something for everyone. Visit the volunteer section to learn more and join the American Cancer Society volunteer family today.
How can you help us fight to end breast cancer? You can:
- Walk in and raise funds for a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Our website makes it easy to recruit team members and fundraise.
- Sign up as a team leader and gather a group of any size to walk with you and raise funds. Contact your local American Cancer Society office for a team leader kit.
- Double your fundraising dollars through a matching gift. Ask your company's human resources department for more details.
- Sponsor a Making Strides walker with a generous, tax-deductible donation.
- Volunteer your time and talent at the event.
- Volunteer with one of the Society's patient support programs in your community.
- Fight back by becoming an ACS CAN volunteer advocate and let your voice be heard. Learn how you can take action with ACS CAN.
- Help others - and yourself - stay well by learning and following the American Cancer Society's breast cancer early detection guidelines.
- Sign up to receive a reminder email for your recommended breast cancer screening.
How much money does the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raise for the American Cancer Society?
Since 1993, more than 12 million walkers across the United States have raised more than $750 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2015 alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer.
What happens with the money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events?
Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events help the American Cancer Society work to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. The Society is::
- Investing in innovative breast research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease
- Providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer in every community, when and where they need it.
- Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it’s most treatable.
For more details, please visit How Donations Save Lives.
How do I turn in the money I raise?
You can turn in money at the event or your supporters can donate online through our secure website. If you have not finished collecting your donations by event day, or if you’re unable to attend, send your contribution form and remaining donations to your local American Cancer Society office.