Thousands unite for walk to fight breast cancer
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.
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