For the 27th year, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk takes place at 10:00 on Sunday morning, October 17, at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.
The event is open to the public and free to attend. To participate, you can get information and register here.
Last year, organizers were forced by the pandemic to make a major pivot, shifting to a drive-through format. This year’s program returns to a walk, but certain accommodations must still be made to the continued presence of Covid-19. Registration is required to make sure participants are informed of late-breaking adjustments.
“The traditional walk might look different,” said Erin Nielsen, Senior Development Manager at the American Cancer Society, “but our passion and commitment to fight breast cancer is unchanged. The health and safety of all our guests and participants is our number one priority.”
The Society views the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement as “a bittersweet mix of purpose,” part celebration of survivorship, part meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, but mostly raising awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed among women in the nation.
In Connecticut, the American Cancer Society estimates 3,540 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 420 will succumb to the disease. Nationwide, 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021.
For more information, Ms. Nielsen can be reached by email at Erin.Nielsen@cancer.org or by calling (203) 563-1539.