(ACS PRESS RELEASE) Cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither has the American Cancer Society. Although events look different this year, we remain united in our mission: to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
This fall, the American Cancer Society will continue Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. While we will not be gathered by the thousands, thousands of committed volunteers, survivors and caregivers will make strides against the disease in their communities.
As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our cancer survivors, supporters, volunteers, and staff, Making Strides of the Triangle presented by Duke Cancer Institute will not host a traditional, large-scale in-person event this year. Instead, whether we’re walking with our families around our neighborhoods or friends at our favorite parks, we will not stop walking toward a world without breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society is encouraging participants to participate in “Making Strides in Your Community,” a local initiative in which participants pledge to walk a chosen number of miles either throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or the weekend of Oct. 17-18, and to solicit donations for each mile walked.
We invite participants to then join a national virtual celebration – “Strides Live Across America” – at noon on Oct. 18 to celebrate making strides toward a world
without breast cancer.
“Each year, Making Strides brings our community together to celebrate survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and raise funds for education, patient support and research,” said Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director of Duke Cancer Institute. “Even though this year we’ll be apart, we would like to thank all of the virtual event participants for uniting with us to defeat breast cancer.”
Although Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will look different, we continue to make strides. This year, about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. About 42,170 women and 520 men will die from breast cancer.
COVID-19 is having a significant and negative impact on the fight against cancer. Seventy-nine percent of cancer patients in active treatment report delays in care due to COVID-19. Earlier this summer, the director of the National Cancer Institute predicted the number of people who will die from breast or colorectal cancer in the U.S. will increase by nearly 10,000 over the next decade because of delayed screenings, treatments and halted research caused by the pandemic.
“These extraordinary times have only amplified the importance of ACS’ mission,” said Lindsay Beth Gunter, volunteer event chair for Making Strides of the Triangle presented by Duke Cancer Institute and a member of the board for ACS in Central and Eastern North Carolina. “We are excited to bring the community together to support that mission in a new, virtual way. While the means may have changed, our commitment remains – all of us are Making Strides to end breast cancer.”
Team DCI Makes Strides
by Julie Poucher Harbin
This is Duke Cancer Institute's seventh year teaming up with the American Cancer Society as local presenting sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. And once again we're building a robust team.
Breast surgeons Jennifer Plichta, MD, MS, FACS, and Gayle DiLalla, MD, FACS, are this year's honorary team captains of one Team DCI — representing our Durham and Wake County locations.
September 15 Making Strides Virtual Kickoff from Tampa: Includes an Interview with Duke Cancer Institute's Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD, who received a $238,000 grant from the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research (appears at :28 mark)
Then pledge to walk a chosen number of miles, solicit sponsors per mile, and turn miles walked into dollars raised — either throughout the month of October, or during the weekend of Oct. 17-18.
At noon on October 18, join a national virtual celebration – “Strides Live Across America” — to celebrate making strides toward a world without breast cancer.
Impact on Research & Patient Support
The American Cancer Society is currently providing 15 Duke grantees more than $5 million in active cancer research grants and nursing scholarships with impacts across multiple cancer types, including breast cancer.
The non-profit is also a long-time supporter of DCI patients and caregivers through its *Road To Recovery transportation program, *patient lodging program and *education and *advocacy efforts.(*check the weblinks for latest updates on these programs during this Covid-19 time)
Fundraising with Making Strides makes this all possible at this critical time.