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Updated: 10/09/2013 08:00:01AM

Making Strides Against Cancer on Oct. 19

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A woman wearing a survivor T-shirt takes part in a ceremony in honor of breast cancer awareness during the first quarter of an NFL football game Oct. 6.

Hundreds walk in a breast cancer event. There are breast cancer walks both this weekend and next. This Saturday's in Lake Wales, next weekend's is in Bartow.

Making Strides Against Cancer walk is this weekend in Mosaic Park.

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Every day, the American Cancer Society fights breast cancer in our community and it helps people stay well by funding lifesaving research and providing up-to-date breast cancer education.

This year 232,340 American women are expected to receive the news that they have breast cancer and about 39,620 will die from the disease.

In Florida, an estimated 15,710 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and about 2,660 will die from the disease.

It is planning an event to work in that direction on Oct. 19 with the Making Strides Against Cancer breast cancer walk.

It takes place at 9 a.m. in Mosaic Park.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive walk to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer, while providing hope to all people facing the disease.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has united the entire community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educates women about prevention and early detection, and raise funds to help people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against the disease.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness event in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight.

Since 1993, nearly 9 million walkers across the United States have collected more than $528 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us to walk together, one million strong, as the most powerful force to end breast cancer.

Every dollar raised and every step taken will save lives by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back against breast cancer, the American Cancer Society reports.

The dollars you raise for Making Strides help the Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the Society for help and support.

Dollars raised also fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer, as well as help the Society ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to the Society’s progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.

For cancer information, to get help, or to join the fight, call 800-227-2345. That’s 800-227-2345. Or visit website at

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