Photo credit: American Cancer Society
Long Island, home to the largest Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement in the United States, again will host two powerful Making Strides walks on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Jones Beach State Park and Saturday, October 30, 2021 on Main Street in Riverhead, providing reimagined and new ways to support and fund the future of breast cancer research and programs. Both events will be held in accordance with CDC and NY State guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees. Last year’s walk became virtual events due to the pandemic. In 2019, an estimated 65,000 participants joined the effort raising more than $2.5 million.
Advance registration is free and open to individuals, teams, families, and groups at www.makingstrideswalk.org/longisland. The Society is requesting that all individuals sign up in advance to be kept abreast of important details, which will be updated regularly.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional walk might look different but our passion and commitment to fight breast cancer is unchanged,” says Brittany Lawton, Associate Director of Development. “The health and safety of all our guests and participants is our number one priority. As the fall draws closer, event-based decisions may be made to best meet the health and safety needs of our supporters, staff, and volunteers, including options that help mitigate individual and community health risks,” she added.
In its 28th year on Long Island, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement embraces a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, while raising awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in the U.S. In New York, the American Cancer Society estimates 17,540 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 2,510 will succumb to the disease. Nationwide, 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021.
The American Cancer Society is the nation’s nonprofit leader in the breast cancer fight, putting 100+ years of cancer-fighting experience to work through investments in breast cancer research, ensuring greater access to quality care, influencing public policy, and providing patient support.
For more information contact the American Cancer Society via email at LongIslandNYStrides@cancer.org, (212) 237.3875 or visitwww.makingstrideswalk.org/LongIsland.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.