This fall, NYSUT marks 15 years as a flagship sponsor for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in New York state. Since 2002, members of the statewide union have raised more than $13 million to support the fight against the second-leading cause of cancer death in women and to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone. Last year alone, NYSUT teams at 18 locations across the state helped raise nearly $1 million for this cause.
Dollars raised by Making Strides help fund innovative breast cancer research; promote education and risk reduction; and provide comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.
An estimated 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,610 will die from the disease this year, according to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 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 Monica Garrigan, director of community development for the American Cancer Society. “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.”
To find your Making Strides event, including event dates, start times, and the local NYSUT team, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/NYSUT or NYSUT.org/makingstrides.