Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event to be held Oct. 12

Participants walk in last year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. U.S. Navy file photo by AG3 Vaughan Dill

Participants walk in last year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. U.S. Navy file photo by AG3 Vaughan Dill

Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

The 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. Oct. 12 beginning at Richardson Field and proceeding to Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. This event is part of the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer. Nationwide, more than 270 Making Strides walks occur each year, ranging in distance from 3 to 5 miles.

In 1984, cancer survivor Margery Gould Rath and a group of volunteers held the first Making Strides Against Cancer in Boston. The goal was to celebrate fellow cancer survivors by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. The first walk drew 200 participants and soon become a Boston tradition.

In 1993, the event officially became known as the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Since then, more than 9 million cancer charity walkers across the country have raised more than $528 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events. In 2012 alone, walkers across the country collected $68 million to help fight the disease.

For more information, visit the web-site www.MakingStridesHonolulu.org or email honolulustrides@cancer.org.

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