5,000 St. Louis Area Residents Raised $215,000 to Help End Breast Cancer

Residents Came Together with the American Cancer Society to Change the Course of Breast Cancer Forever

5,000 St. Louis region residents joined together at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5K and 1 mile walks on Saturday, October 27, to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease Walkers join in strong support to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society.tomorrow. This noncompetitive event – held in Forest Park in St. Louis, Southwest Illinois College in Belleville, and the Riverfront Amphitheater in Alton –

Walkers join in strong support to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society.

united the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early, and raise funds to end breast cancer. The event and the dollars raised from it 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.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Craig Boring, Regional Vice President for the American Cancer Society. “We are so thankful for how this community has pulled together to encourage everyone to change the course of breast cancer forever. Making Strides walkers and supporters can be proud that their efforts are helping 2.6 million breast cancer survivors living in the US celebrate another birthday this year.”


When my mother went through breast cancer the first time, she agreed to participate in an American Cancer Society drug trial for Tamoxifen,” said Mary Beth Ohlms, volunteer and Making Strides supporter. “When I was later diagnosed with breast cancer, I was prescribed oral chemotherapy. And guess which drug the doctor prescribed? Yep, Tamoxifen. My mother and the American Cancer Society saved my life.”

The Society’s research program is just one way that the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays in St. Louis. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to fund the fight. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

The Society has now raised a total of $800,000 in the past four years of this event in the St. Louis area. It is not too late to make a donation to the American Cancer Society through theMaking Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline to help the Society continue saving lives. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


St. Louis Car Dealer Goes Pink for Making Strides

Jim Butler Auto Group turned their showroom PINK to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Their team has several community fundraisers lined up to help raise funds for the event.

Jim Butler Auto Group in St. Louis, a Flagship Sponsor for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, turned very pink recently. The Fenton location hosted a kick-off BBQ to get their staff and customers excited about fighting back against breast cancer with them and the American Cancer Society. Rams cheerleaders and a surprise appearance and autograph session with a current Rams player got the crowd roaring!

They are excited and anxious for October to arrive so they can showcase their plans to help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

Read more here: http://www.jimbutlerautogroup.com/jim-butler-auto-group-is-making-strides-with-the-st-louis-rams/

St. Louis Company Finds New Ways to Give Back through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Walkers Make Strides at Last Year’s Event!

When someone thinks of a company giving back to the community, dollar signs are usually what comes to mind. But Quest Diagnostics of St. Louis is trying to do more. They think different when it comes to their support of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual walk.

Since day one, just writing a check wasn’t enough for Quest Diagnostics. Their staff host trivia nights and put together raffle baskets. Each department comes up with an idea for their basket and donates items to fill it. They raffle the baskets off at the trivia night, raising even more money for their team. Quest Diagnostics wants to be hands-on and involved with giving back, and in turn they end up having a lot of fun raising money and helping a great cause.

Pam Higgins, a fundraising committee member for Quest Diagnostics’ Strides team, has a personal reason to help raise money for this cause. “I love Making Strides Against Breast Cancer because my aunt, who turned 80 last year, is a survivor. When she had breast cancer, survival rates were very low. The strides we’ve made since then are just great,” says Pam.

Quest Diagnostics has done several other fundraisers for the American Cancer Society including a pancake breakfast and a Christmas cookie-gram. “Doing these fundraisers adds a sense of community,” says Pam. “It helps show what we feel is important.”

Quest Diagnostics supports the American Cancer Society in many other ways besides Making Strides. The company is also involved in several Relay For Life events, and has volunteered their time at the Hope Lodge, a home away from home for cancer patients receiving treatment in St. Louis. Last year their team raised more than $2,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Pam says, “I think the American Cancer Society is so relatable for most of our employees. We all know someone who’s been touched by cancer.”

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raises money and awareness about breast cancer and invites people from all over the St. Louis area to walk three miles to help raise money and to one day end breast cancer. This year’s event will be held in Forest Park on Saturday, October 27. Find more information and register at www.makingstridesstlouis.org.

*Written by Communications Intern Kerry Musenbrock

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