Tempe Walk Headlines Final AZ Events of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Friday, October 26, 2012
PHOENIX – One of the final events of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Saturday's fundraiser for research and education at Tempe Beach Park. The three-mile, non-competitive walk is called Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most often diagnosed cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which also lists early detection as key to boosting survival rates. Cancer survivor Christie Weatherly shares her story of finding the disease seven years ago, shortly after her sister was diagnosed.
"I had noticed a lump myself and probably would have let it go a little longer, but with my sister having been diagnosed, went into my primary care, and from there was sent for the mammogram, and thus was diagnosed."
Registration for the Tempe Beach Park event begins Saturday at 7:00 a.m., with the walk starting at 8:00 a.m.
Weatherly says ACS was there to guide her through every step of her breast cancer experience.
"They have people who can go with you to your treatments, if you don't have a family member available, just someone to talk to. I myself went out there and received bras from them."
After her partial mastectomy, adds Weatherly, the bras were a financial lifesaver. ACS says its services are available around the clock and the organization is able to help one out of every two women with cancer.
More information about the Making Strides events is online at makingstrides.acsevents.org.
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