Thou­sands unite for walk to fight breast can­cer

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Thou­sands of Palm Beach County res­i­dents, breast can­cer sur­vivors, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity mem­bers are an­tic­i­pated to come to­gether for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety’s an­nual “Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer 5K Walk.”

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Meyer Am­phithe­atre in down­townWest Palm Beach.

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to join the fight against breast can­cer by start­ing a team, join­ing an ex­ist­ing team or mak­ing a dona­tion. There are cur­rently 116 teams and 424 in­di­vid­u­als signed up to at­tend the non-com­pet­i­tive walk, which is free to par­tic­i­pants.

This year’s event is chaired by Beth Kigel, pres­i­dent and CEO of the North­ern Palm Beach County Cham­ber of Com­merce. John Couris, pres­i­dent and CEO of Jupiter Med­i­cal Center, will serve as hon­orary chair­man, and Beth Pat­ter­son Crews of the law firm of Na­son Yea­ger will serve as op­er­a­tions vice chair­woman.

“It is truly an honor to be chair­ing ‘Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer,’ an event that en­ables the Amer­ica Can­cer So­ci­ety to in­vest in re­search that will un­doubt­edly save more lives,” Kigel said. “My fam­ily has been touched by this disease, and I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness and hope­fully make a dif­fer­ence in breast can­cer treat­ment and preven­tion.”

The 5K walk supports the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety’s mis­sion to fight can­cer on all four fronts: re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy and pa­tient ser­vices.

Since 1993, more than nine mil­lion can­cer char­ity walk­ers across the coun­try have raised more than $528 mil­lion through ‘Mak­ing Strides Against Breast Can­cer’ events. The pro­gram funds breast can­cer re­search, pro­vides up-to-date breast can­cer in­for­ma­tion, en­sures ev­ery­one has ac­cess to breast can­cer screen­ing and treat­ments, pro­vides ser­vices that im­prove the qual­ity of life for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, and ed­u­cates men and women about the im­por­tance of early de­tec­tion and preven­tion.

The pink pre­mier spon­sor for the 2013 event is Jupiter Med­i­cal Center, and the sil­ver spon­sor is Ci­ty­Place.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to sign up for the race in the Palm Beach area, call Sarah McKen­zie at 561-650-0129 or visit www.mak­ingstrideswalk.org/ palmbeach.

Pho­tos by Gina Fon­tana

Heather Robbins, left, and Ju­niper Schildt-Tor­res

Stacey Brandt, left, John Couris and Beth Kigel

Beth Kigel, left, and John Couris

Stacey Halpin, left, and Beth Crews

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