Forecasted rain forces cancellation of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The local chapter of the American Cancer Society has cancelled its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, because of possible rain.

The walk was already rescheduled once, after the original date was postponed due to Hurricane Michael.

Kelsea Sharp, Senior Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, said it was a difficult decision to make, but safety is paramount.

"I think a lot of teams have been watching the weather, really as we have. And so the final decision hasn't come as too much of a surprise to anybody. Not too many people want to be out there in the rain and cold weather putting themselves in risk being out on the road with that flooding,” said Sharp.

More than 150 teams were signed up, with more than 600 participants registered to walk. However, typically, thousands show up the day of to walk.

Although the event is cancelled, more than $100,000 has been raised to benefit those fighting breast cancer. Unlike other American Cancer Society events, like Relay for Life, the majority of fundraising done for Making Strides is done prior to the event.

A date has already been scheduled for next year.

"We are hoping for a very dry October next year. But, that new date is going to be Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Cascades Park. And we're looking forward to hitting the ground running,” said Sharp.

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