20K Atlantans raise over $1 million during Breast Cancer Walk

ATLANTA -- A massive crowd that took to the Atlanta streets Saturday made some big strides in the fight against breast cancer. 

More than 20,000 people showed up at Piedmont Park for the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk to help raise money for cancer research.

In all, the group said participants helped raise more than $1 million dollars for the event!

Since 1993, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 12 million supporters have raised nearly $750 million nationwide toward breast cancer research and care. 

Senior Community Manager Susan Laclaire calls the Making Strides walk "passion in action."

“(It) ensures no one faces breast cancer alone by bringing the community together, funding innovative breast cancer research, promoting education and risk reduction, and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most,” she said.

PHOTOS | Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

According to statistics from the group, nearly 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, with over 7,000 of those cases from right here in Georgia. Roughly 40,000 will die from the disease.

For free breast cancer information and resources or to donate, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345. To make a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, visit makingstrideswalk.org/atlanta.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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