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SEBASTIAN -- Hundreds of local breast cancer survivors, volunteers, businesses and community members will walk together as a unified force to finish the fight against breast cancer at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 19.
This noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to help end breast cancer by supporting the Society's efforts to find cures and support programs and services for all people facing the disease. Indian River County's Making Strides walk is one of nearly 300 events being held across the country this year.
More than 232,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. Funds raised through Making Strides enable the American Cancer Society to provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the Society for information and help; to invest in groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; and to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.
During the event's opening ceremonies, Rob Callery, operating board chairman, on behalf of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network , will present the 2013 Legislative Award to Debbi Mayfield.
Rep. Mayfield was selected for her efforts in helping to improve access to necessary care and improving the quality of life for cancer patients in Florida through the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act.
This event is supported by Sebastian River Medical Center, presenting sponsor; Dr. Edward Murphy, Indian River Surgery, Gold Sponsor; Dr. Alan Durkin, Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery, George E. Warren Corporation and Dyer Auto, silver sponsors. The Wall of Hope sponsor is Perkins Medical Supply. The registration sponsor is Dr. Ralph Rosato. Additional sponsors include Vero Radiology Associates, Dr. Patrick T. Ottuso, Dr. Denise Pieczyinski, Dr. James Presley, Indian River Primary Care, Capp Custom Builders/Capt. Hiram's, and Quality Health Care. Media Sponsor is 93.7 The Breeze.
The event will take place at Riverview Park in Sebastian and will have a 7:30a.m. check-in. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. Geoff & Dana from 93.7 The Breeze will serve as event emcees. There will be music, fun, and survivor photo spots.
For more information, call Sebastian River Medical Center at (772) 581-2066.