Middle Tennessee's 16th American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The walk supports the fight against the second leading cause of cancer death in women and to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.
This year's walk starts one hour earlier at a new time: 8 a.m. Registration for the noncompetitive, inspirational event begins at 6:30 a.m. Note: participants may need to seek alternate routes due to planned I-24 construction work.
Dollars raised by Making Strides supporters help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.
Since 1993, more than 13 million supporters have raised more than $810 million nationwide. Last year, nearly 30,000 walkers in Middle Tennessee helped to raise approximately $850,000.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,610 will die from the disease in 2017.
"Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they're currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction," said Debbie Thomas, senior community development manager.
"At the event, communities embrace a bittersweet mix of purpose - celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost. From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer," said Thomas.
To learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and how to become involved, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/NashvilleTN or email NashvilleTNStrides@cancer.org. Join the conversation on social media at Facebook.com/MakingStridesNashville, or Twitter and Instagram at @IAmStridesNash. #NashvilleStrides