Help Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

Faces of Making Strides participants

There are 26 walks to choose from in New England in October 2013
Breast cancer survivors get VIP treatment at Gillette Stadium

Help us put an end to breast cancer by starting or joining a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team this year. All 26 walks and their dates are listed below with links to their Web sites. Find one near you now and sign up online! Making Strides is a non-competitive walk ranging in length from 3 to 6 miles. We welcome people of all ages to participate and raise funds. There is no registration fee.

At four of our Making Strides events - in Boston, Hartford, Westport, and New Haven - attendees who qualify will have a chance to enroll in our Cancer Prevention Study-3, taking perhaps their single most important step in the fight against cancer.  Visit to learn more about this opportunity to enroll in this study to find the lifestyle, genetic, and environmental  factors that cause and prevent cancer.

Why join Making Strides?  Because the American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer and we have played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. One in every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help and support. Money raised by our dedicated Making Strides participants helps fund cutting-edge research, education efforts, and support programs critical to those in treatment.

To learn more, call toll-free 1.800.227.2345.

Gail Shovlin, speaker at 2013 Boston Making Strides Kickoff
Candy O’Terry (far right) from MAGIC 106.7 and Christa Delcamp (far left) from 7News on 7NBC and CW56, both media sponsors, emceed the August 13 Boston Making Strides kickoff breakfast at the Park Plaza. Gail Shovlin, pictured with her husband and daughter,  spoke about fighting breast cancer twice. She told the crowd: "I like the idea that my team is raising money so this evil disease that's literally trying to kill me will not ever win. . .  I want my daughter's only relationship to breast cancer to be that she vaguely remembers that Mommy had to fight for a while, was bald here and there and a little tired, but that we all fought and won together."

Starting a team is easy, especially if you work for a company, hospital, school, municipality, or belong to a place of worship, professional organization, club, or athletic group. Many people simply ask their friends to form a team, or their neighbors, or friends of a survivor. 

We also have sponsorship opportunities available at all levels, including in-kind sponsorships.  For more information on sponsorships, call 1.800.227.2345 or click on the location of the walk nearest you to visit its Web site.

Litchfield - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Hartford - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
New Haven - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
New London - Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Westport - Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Brunswick - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Kittery - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Damariscotta - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Portland - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Boston - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Cape Cod - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Greater Springfield - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Berkshire County - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Nantucket - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Worcester - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

New Hampshire

Exeter - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Concord - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Dover - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Greater Lakes Region (Laconia) - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Manchester - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Nashua - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.
North Conway - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Peterborough - Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Rhode Island
Providence - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013

Rutland County (Castleton) - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013Rutland County (Castleton) - Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Chittenden County (South Burlington) - Sunday, Oct.  20, 2013

Why the American Cancer Society?

The American Cancer Society currently invests more in breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, and cure the disease than in any other cancer site. We take pride in funding promising researchers early in their careers, and our track record is something we share with pride. Of the researchers chosen for Society funding throughout the years, 46 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Thanks to fundraising  efforts of our volunteers, the American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history, including:

•Funding research into breast-conserving surgery, using lumpectomy plus radiation for treatment
•Establishing mammography as the gold standard to find breast cancer early
•Discovering lifesaving treatments (such as Herceptin) to improve breast cancer survival and drugs (such as tamoxifen) to reduce the risk of second or first breast cancer
•Discovering genes for inherited breast and colon cancer
•Confirming the knowledge that genetics, diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse can increase a person's cancer risk
•Discovering cancer-causing oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes

With your continued help, we can blaze a trail toward the next great discovery and make strides to end breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer:

- We are in every community, providing free information and services - rides to treatment, one-on-one guidance and emotional support, and free housing when treatment is far from home.

- Our cancer information specialists are available around-the-clock every single day to provide trusted information and comfort when it's needed most. The toll-free number is 1.800.227.2345.

- The American Cancer Society invests the most in research to find, prevent, treat, and cure cancer than any other non-governmental organization. We know that discoveries in one area can often help find answers in another.

We work with lawmakers to increase funding for breast cancer research and ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Reducing Your Risk

Another step you can take to fight breast cancer is a personal one. While there is no way to absolutely prevent breast cancer, there are things women can do in their daily lives to help lower their risk:

• Maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
• Balance calorie intake with physical activity..
• Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, in addition to usual activities, on 5 or more days of the week; 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity is preferable.
• Encourage your children and adolescents to engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 5 days per week.
• Eat 5 or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day.
• Choose whole grains over processed (refined) grains.
• Limit intake of processed and red meats.
• If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit your intake. Women should drink no more than 1 drink per day (or 2 per day for men). 

Help for those with breast cancer

The Society offers newly diagnosed women and those living with breast cancer a variety of programs and services to help them in their breast cancer experience:

• The Reach To Recovery program helps newly diagnosed patients cope with their breast cancer experience. Reach To Recovery volunteers offer the unique understanding, support, and hope from the perspective of someone who has survived breast cancer. 
• The Look Good Feel Better program helps breast cancer patients manage the physical side effects of treatment. Patients gain beauty techniques to help improve their self-esteem and quality of life, but also a sense of support, confidence, courage and community with other cancer patients in the program.
• The Hope Lodge program offers patients and their caregivers free lodging for those receiving treatment far from home.
• The Society offers free information to help make treatment decisions and access to its programs 24/7 through 1-800-227-2345 or