Duke Cancer To Step Out For Making Strides

June 29, 2017
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, DCI

E. Shelley Hwang, MDDuke Cancer Institute, for a third year, is partnering with the American Cancer Society to serve as local presenting sponsor for its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

At last year’s event, 4,500 participants raised more than $289,000 to support the fight against breast cancer. This year, organizers hope to raise $300,000.

“The American Cancer Society has long supported Duke Cancer Institute through its patient programs and research grants,” says Tina Piccirilli, who helps coordinate DCI health charity partnerships. “ACS supports our patients and their caregivers through its Road To Recovery program, patient lodging program and advocacy efforts.”

The American Cancer Society is currently providing more than $1.4 million in active breast cancer research grants at Duke. Current grant awardees include:

  • Rebecca Shelby, PhD: “A Self-Management Intervention for Women with Breast Cancer and Diabetes”
  • Tamara Somers, PhD: “An Accessible Mobile Health Behavioral Intervention for Cancer Pain (mPain)

Making Strides organizers will host a kick-off soiree for walk participants, breast cancer survivors and sponsors on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel at North Hills in Raleigh.

Duke Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society (ACS) will host registration parties, featuring giveaways, at Duke Cancer Center, Clinic 2-2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:

  • July 19
  • August 23
  • September 20

Jennifer Plichta, MDThe Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at North Hills Mall in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year, team Duke Cancer Institute will be led by breast surgeon and honorary team captain Shelley Hwang, MD, who in 2016 was named to TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most influential People for her research and advocacy for a more informed approach to ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) treatments. Breast surgeon Jennifer Plichta, MD, director of the Breast Risk Assessment Clinic at Duke, will be co-captain. To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or to join the team, go to Team Duke Cancer Institute

Circle photo (top): Shelley Hwang, MD