The American Cancer Society launches its local campaign for the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 5-K.
Making Strides is an awareness and fund-raising event held in cities across the country, and its coming to Shreveport for the first time.
This morning around 150 survivors and supporters joined with volunteers for the first annual kick-off breakfast at the Hilton Gardens in Bossier City.
Volunteer and cancer survivor Donna Krentel says "cancer doesn't discriminate against age, or sex, or you know, race. Cancer effects everybody. There's probably not anyone who doesn't have someone who has been effected by cancer, either in their family or church, or someone. So, this is a great cause."
An estimated 232,670 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2014, and approximately 40,000 will die from the disease. In Louisiana, 3,160 breast cancer cases are expected with 600 residents dying from the cancer. This will be the first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in North Louisiana. The walk raises important funds for the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information, and support legislative advocacy to make sure all women have access to the care they need
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5-K is set for 8:00 AM on October 25th, 2014.
It starts from the Stoner Boat Launch in Shreveport.
To sign up, just go to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=62736