Seems like nowadays, everybody knows somebody who has been affected by breast cancer. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, following lung cancer. Sadly, one in eight women women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and the American Cancer Society estimates that a total of 39,620 women will die from it in 2013.
71-year-old Judie Goren from Tamarac, a breast cancer survivor, says she feels "blessed and motivated to give back." That is why she joined "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." It is an annual 5K walk that takes place at different times nationwide during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, with more than 270 walks occurring each year.
Making Strides is dedicated to educating and saving lives by empowering women to take control of their own health and futures through research, education, advocacy and service. Overseen by the American Cancer Society, an astounding 8 million people have participated in the organization’s events since 1993, raising more than $460 million. Judie says this year, she is walking in honor of a friend who is a two month survivor.
If you are interested in showing support, the walk will start at 9 a.m. on October 12 at Huizenga park in Fort Lauderdale, rain or shine. If you can't make it out but would like to donate to the cause, you may send a check to the American Cancer Society or go online to http://makingstrides.acsevents.org.