Thousands expected for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but the illness is already top of mind for many this weekend. One in eight women in the U.S. is diagnosed with the disease, and thousands in Anchorage will walk and run for a cure on Saturday morning at the Delaney Park Strip.
Kirsten Swanson, community development manager for the American Cancer Society and an organizer of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event hopes to see about 3,000 people there. "We've already raised over $100,000, but the goal is $225,000, so we're still fundraising."
According to Swanson, money raised during the donation-only event is used not only for cancer research, but also to support patients in getting to and from treatment sessions.
"We only have a couple really big hospitals in the state, and so we actually have to fly in a lot of our cancer patients to the cities," Swanson said.
More than a run or a walk, the Making Strides event is a movement, Swanson says.
"I think it's about bringing all of our survivors together and their caregivers and of course honoring those that we've lost as well," Swanson said.
This year, Lithia Kia is offering Alaskans the chance to win a free SUV for a year.
Check-in for the event starts at 9 a.m. on Ninth Avenue.
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