Kickoff set for breast cancer event

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Lycoming County 5K walk will hold a kickoff event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Thompson Professional Development Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology, 1 College Ave.

The fourth annual walk will take place Oct. 12 at Indian Park, 617 N. Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

There is no fee for teams to enter and no limit to the number of people per team. Those who are interested in signing up may do so at www.makingstrid

“We invite the entire community to participate in this year’s walk. Unfortunately, nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer. We must do everything possible to raise the much needed funds to be one step closer to finding a cure,” said 2013 chair, Kimberlee Williams, of Williamsport.

The guest speaker will be Patricia Hess, of Unityville, a breast cancer survivor.

Hundreds of Lycoming County residents, breast cancer survivors, and business and community members will wear pink at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease.

This noncompetitive, fundraising event will unite the community in celebrating breast cancer survivors, educating men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raising money to fund lifesaving research and supporting programs that will further the progress to cure this disease, according to Dana Borick Brigandi, public relations chair for the event.

“Last year we had 35 teams participate and this year, our goal is 50,” Borick Brigandi said. “Last year, Making Strides raised more than $47,750 to help fight breast cancer locally and this year we hope to raise $55,000. More importantly, more than $152,750 has been raised in the four years of Strides.”

Over time, the American Cancer Society has invested more in breast cancer research than any other voluntary public health organization. Since 1972, it has invested nearly $323 million in breast cancer research grants, resulting in many of today’s breast cancer treatments.

“More than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year, thanks in part to the dollars raised by supporters like you,” said Theresa Ledney of the American Cancer Society. “Most of the Strides money raised through the Lycoming County walk goes to help local women who are uninsured or under insured get screenings. These funds help women in Lycoming, Clinton, Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties get grants for free or low-cost mammograms, wigs and for the Look Good Feel Better program.”

There are many ways to help, too. For $1, participants can sponsor a pink survivor balloon that will be released before the Making Strides event and it is $2 for a white memorial balloon. Along the walk there also will be track signs sponsored by friends and families of survivors that can be purchased for $20 each. Sponsorship packages also are still available.

For more information or to sign up for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk, visit /lycoming, find the walk on Facebook or call Ledney at 814-234-1023, ext. 65338.