Help kick cancer’s ass by volunteering, donating, or starting a team for the Making Strides For Breast Cancer walk in Worcester on October 18.
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Too often the news we’re reporting on here at Turtleboy Sports is bad news, especially when it’s coming out of Worcester. But there are some great things going on our community that don’t necessarily make the headlines. Perhaps one of the greatest and most successful is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
This year it’s estimated that over 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and over 40,000 will succumb to the disease. Close to 6,000 women in Massachusetts alone will be diagnosed with the deadly disease, and 770 will lose their battle. Cancer sucks. It’s something that odds are has affected you or someone you care about at some point in your life. And we can’t all be Russell Crowe and kick cancer’s ass:
So instead we support good causes that go directly to critical research and development for cancer treatment, in the hopes that someday we will find a cure. On Sunday, October 18 at Elm Park, participants from throughout Greater Worcester will take part in the fifth annual American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s to invest in groundbreaking research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
Funds raised will go toward groundbreaking research. Funds raised will go toward groundbreaking research. Currently, the American Cancer Society is funding 34 breast cancer-specific research grants worth $16 million in Massachusetts alone. Additionally, money raised will support patient and caregiver services like the Worcester Hope Lodge, which provides a free place to stay for cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel a long distance to our area to receive treatment.
The making Strides walk will pass the Hope Lodge, which is on Oak Street, so walkers can see for themselves what they’re supporting and who they’re helping. Here is a course map:
The Oct. 18 walk also supports services like Road to recovery, which provides free transportation to and from medical appointments for cancer patients; Look Good, Feel Better, which provides free beauty products and advice from licensed beauty industry professionals to women whose appearance has been affected by cancer treatment, and free 24-7 access to cancer experts at 800.227.2345.
So yea, this is a really, really good cause. It’s at pretty much the best time of year – smack dab in the middle of the fall. And it’s a great community event and something to do on the weekend. We’d love to see a Turtleboy crowd down there. To volunteer at the walk, to start a team or to start and donate to a Turtleboy team, click here. To see more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and to keep updated on the event, follow them on Facebook.
As you can see from last year’s walk, the whole community really comes out for this event and every year more work is being done towards finding a cure and making life easier for those who are afflicted with this terrible disease.
Hope to see you there.