Friday, October 3, 2008

Take strides, help the fight against breast cancer

In photo: The 2007 walk

NEW HAVEN - Those seeking to join the fight against breast cancer can participate in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5-kilometer walk that begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lighthouse Point Park. The noncompetitive event unites the community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and support programs to further our progress against this disease, organizers said.
To join or for more information, call American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Manager Mary Kate Carofano at (203) 379-4830, e-mail or visit
"In fiscal year 2008, 94 cents of every dollar raised through Making Strides was reinvested into breast cancer research, prevention, detection, and patient support programs," said Simone Upsey, area director of communications for the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society uses the money raised through Making Strides events to fund breast cancer research, provide up-to-date breast cancer information, ensure all women have access to breast cancer screening and treatments, regardless of income, and to provide services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families

Some of the local American Cancer Society services supported through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer include: a program that links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors to offer information, answer questions and provide support while serving as role models for life after breast cancer (Reach to Recovery®); a program that provides women with cancer an educational session run by professional cosmetologists on how to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment (Look Good…Feel Better®); 1-800-ACS-2345 – Trained Cancer Information Specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions about cancer, link callers with resources in their communities and provide information on local events; – reliable, user-friendly Web site containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. Answers are provided to questions about the nature of breast cancer: causes and risk factors; the latest strategies for prevention and early detection; new diagnostic techniques; the latest treatment options and services available in your area. Also, Road to RecoverySM – Transportation to lifesaving medical appointments can be a challenge for someone with cancer so an American Cancer Society volunteer will drive patients to and from treatment.
"Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way," said Mary Kate Carofano, community executive for the American Cancer Society. "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer gives us the chance to celebrate those who have survived breast cancer and help ensure that future generations are not faced with this life-threatening disease. Making Strides truly demonstrates that hope starts with each and every one of us."
Sponsors of this year’s Making Strides event include: Women’s Center for Breast Health at Hospital of Saint Raphael , HID Global Corporation, Environmental Data Resources, Medical Oncology & Hematology, CRN Helping Hands, , and the media sponsors of this event include News Channel 8 & MyTV
9 and WEBE 108.

Honorary chairwomen and chairmen of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in New Haven are: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, shown at right; New Haven Mayor John Destefano Jr., also shown at right; West Haven Mayor John M. Picard; East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon; Dr. Andrea Silber, of the Hospital of Saint Raphael and a member of the American Cancer Society’s Board of Directors, shown below; Gateway Community College President Dr. Dorsey L. Kendrick; New Haven Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Redding; Linda Mowed, director, National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service of New England at Yale Cancer Center and former chairwomen of the American Cancer Society’s New England Division Board.

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