Event Details


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Buffalo reflects Western New York. Here's what you can expect at our event at Canalside:

Please Note:

Online registration is now closed for the 5k run & walk. Please visit the check-in tent tomorrow to register.


Check-In Opens

8:30 AM

If you have registered online:

Check-in is simple if you've already signed up online. You should have received an email with your check-in ID before the walk. Print it out and bring it to the Check-In tent along with any donations on the day of the walk.

If you have not registered online:

Please come to the check-in area to complete a paper registration form. Turn in your completed form along with any donations.



Opening Program Begins

9:00 AM

Come together with survivors, caregivers, men and women from all walks of life who are passionate about saving lives from breast cancer. Celebrate your shared efforts. Inspire each other to carry on. And take comfort in the knowledge that because of your dedication, no one walks alone.

The morning's program will be hosted by Katie Morse and Ed Drantch of Making Strides media sponsor WKBW.


 5K Race Begins

10:00 AM

Our second annual official 5K race begins at 10 am!

Runner registration is $25 and includes a timing chip, bib, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and a finisher medal.

Packet pickup is available at the Check-In tent at 8:30 am on event day.

Our course is measured and certified by USATF with course designation NY16032JJ. 

Thank you to our 5K race sponsor, L&M Financial!


Walk Begins

10:15 AM

As always, registration for our non-competitive, 5K walk is free of charge.

Walkers, please check in at the Check-In tent beginning at 8:30 am on event day.


Event Day Maps

Canalside Layout

Check out the image below for a layout of the morning's activities.

2017 layout resized

Walk and Race Route 

Visit the map below to see the day's walk and race route, including water stops and restrooms.


For Survivors and Caregivers


Survivors, be sure to visit the Survivor Tent beginning at 8:30 am on event day. We'll ask you to check in there to receive your commemorative Making Strides shirt, a special edition New Era Cap, and more!

Thank you to our Survivor Tent sponsor Windsong Breast Care for welcoming our survivors each year.


A caregiver is an unpaid family member, friend, loved one, or other support person who gives the person with cancer physical and emotional care. Caregivers are many times a lifeline to the person with cancer.

Caregivers are invited to visit the Caregiver Tent sponsored by MassMutual New York State to receive special recognition as well as a commemorative gift.

Entertainment and Activities

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events raise money for an important cause. But that doesn't mean they aren't meant to be fun. So don't miss the entertainment and activities we have lined up for you!

Paddock Chevrolet #RockinForACure

Our presenting sponsor, Paddock Chevrolet, will be on site ready to meet and greet Making Strides event participants. Visit Paddock's tent near the stage to take a photo with a special pink Chevy Camero, get a unique giveaway, and more!

Team Bosom Buddies Basket Raffle

Making Strides Flagship Sponsor Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Team Bosom Buddies have another excellent basket raffle ready for event day! Get your raffle tickets on event day at the Basket Raffle tent right next to the stage.

FARM Cupcakes

They're back again: Flagship Sponsor FARM will be stationed near the finish line with their annual pink cupcake sale. Don't miss out!

Southtowns Radiology Gloves

Those who have been at Making Strides throughout the years know that one of the signature items is Southtowns Radiology gloves. Get to this Flagship Sponsor's tent early to get your pair!

Family Fun Tent

Families: the Family Fun Tent, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, opens at 8:30 am on event day and offers activities for all ages - including those from the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Healthy Cruiser. Head to the boardwalk and look for the hula-hoops!

#GreenGoesPink Pink Chair

Be sure to visit the giant pink chair, sponsored by The GreenFields, and take a photo for social media! Use hashtags #GreenGoesPink and #MakingStrides716.


Our Making Strides photobooth is once again sponsored by Kaleida Health. Grab your friends and stop in for a pic!

After The Walk

We all walk together, but our event is not a race. Stop whenever you want or need to. You absolutely do not need to complete the entire walk if you are unable. Upon finishing the walk, please join us back at Canalside to continue the morning's activities. The walk concludes when the final walker crosses the finish line.


If you arrive at Canalside via Washington Street or Michigan Avenue, there is ample parking located in surface lots and ramps.  There are also hundreds of parking spaces in the Historic Cobblestone District, which is only short two short blocks away from Canalside!

Specifically, check out the lots along Perry Street, as well as the KeyBank Center Parking Ramp and the HARBORCENTER Parking Ramp - all of which have handicap accessible parking.

There is also on-street and metered parking available on many of the surrounding streets.

Park & Ride: Canalside is also conveniently located at the final Inbound Stop (Erie Canal Harbor Station) on NFTA Metro Rail.

For more on parking and directions, please click here.

Contact Us

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society in its efforts to save lives from breast cancer.

To learn more about the Making Strides of Buffalo Presented by Paddock Chevrolet or for other information, call us toll free at 1-800-227-2345. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also contact your local American Cancer Society office using the contact information provided below Monday through Friday during standard business hours.


Krystina Burow


716.689.6982 ext. 65254

Local Office

American Cancer Society

Attn: Making Strides Buffalo

101 John James Audubon Pkwy

Amherst, NY 14228


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Purchase your outfit for your walk day and help raise money for Making Strides events around the country. Pink Shop proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

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Welcome to our Team Page. We’ve formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It’s providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

How We Support the American Cancer Society

Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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