By Charlene Cristobal
May 20, 2014
Approximately, 15,000 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the state of Florida in 2012. A local non-profit organization held their registration event to encourage people to sign up and help finish the fight.
Rob Steele, Operations Manager of Best Buy says, "This cause is important because I've had people in my family affected by breast cancer and I think anything that we can do to help further the cause, of research and hopefully find a cure...is a good thing." Making Strides teams with Best Buy every year for this event, locally and nationwide.
October will mark the 11th year of this annual event. This year, instead of being held at Southwood, it will be at Cascades Park.
Anna Johnson-Riedel is the co-chair of Leon County's Making Strides team. "It raises money, not only for cancer research, but to help the people, men and women in our community to get and remind them of how mammograms are so important. Because, if we catch it early, there's a 97% survival rate. That's the most important message that we can give to everybody."
Each year, the walk brings together tens of thousands of cancer survivors, caretakers, those whose lives have been touched by cancer and some that are currently fighting their battle.
DEO employee Nicole Baker has a very personal reason for fighting, "I know several people who have breast cancer and have had people die from breast cancer...also, my mom has breast cancer. So, that's why I want to walk."
One out of every two women that have recently been diagnosed, turn to the American Cancer Society for support and guidance.
City Commissioner, Gil Ziffer says, "I was brought up in a family with very strong women. And I'm also very much aware of the health issues that women face and this particular one is near and dear to me. So, whatever I can do to help get more people involved to fight breast cancer...I'm there."
If you would like more information, go to http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCCY14FL?pg=entry&fr_id=62535.