American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, LA
What is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer?
Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society's premier event to raise awareness and dollars to fight breast cancer. Making Strides donations support the Society’s lifesaving efforts to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, provide up-to date prevention and early detection information, help ensure all women have access to mammograms, and offer free programs and services to improve the quality of life for those facing the disease.
In 1984, Massachusetts cancer survivor Margery "Margie" Gould Rath wanted to find a way to celebrate fellow cancer survivors by raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Working with a committee of fellow cancer survivors and other volunteers, she created a "move-along-a-thon" called Making Strides Against Cancer (not breast cancer) to bring people of all abilities together in an event to move the fight against cancer forward. The first event, held in Boston, drew 200 participants and became a yearly event in the city.
In September 1993, the event officially became known as the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, attracting 4,000 walkers at events in Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire. Since then, Margie’s vision has inspired more than six million walkers to participate in Making Strides events in hundreds of communities across the country, raising hundreds of millions of dollars to fight breast cancer. Margie remained a dedicated volunteer for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer until she ultimately lost her battle with cancer in 2001.
Making Strides is a noncompetitive event that varies by city. Individuals of all ages can participate. The event is held rain or shine. The success of Making Strides depends on participants and volunteers. Organizations or businesses can organize their own teams of participants. People may form teams of family members, friends, or coworkers. Individuals may also participate on their own.