One breast cancer survivor says this event is an opportunity to open the eyes of those in the community.
"Until you're actually diagnosed yourself, you have no idea. There's nothing you can imagine what this journey will be like,” a breast cancer survivor, said.
She wears pink for those who already have wings and to spread the word about getting yearly check-ups.
She is just one of more than 200,000 women in the U.S diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.
More than 50% of those women are helped by the American Cancer Society
"They have supported development of radiation techniques and particularly have been involved in research and systemic therapies which is really the reason why people survive breast cancer today,” Dr. Allison Grow, the event chair for Making Strides Against
Dr. Grow says the American Cancer Society supports the research up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
She also says she encourages her patients to attend the making strides walk every October to help spread the word.
"The one's that come are always glad they did because the support there is huge,” she said.
Multiple local survivors defeated breast cancer and now encouraging others to join the American Cancer Society in fundraising for an event aiming to celebrate survivors just like her and to remember loved ones lost.
"My advice to everybody is just be super cautious, be aware. You know, they tell you to do self-exams do them. just find it early,” Dr. Grow said.
The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. As we all know, when cancer strikes, it hits from all sides. That’s why ACS is committed to attacking cancer from every angle. With more than 100 years of experience and leadership, they are a global force, fighting all cancers on all fronts, across the US and around the globe.
With the help of millions of supporters, ACS launches breakthrough research, create empowering resources for people to outsmart cancer, enable local communities to support those affected, and convene powerful activists to create awareness and impact.
But some may know the name, or even the stats of the ACS, but here at BSBD we like to give in depth knowledge to encourage our followers to support such an amazing cause.
Overall, in 2016, 75% of American Cancer Society resources were invested in cancer research, patient support, prevention information and education, and detection and treatment. The other 25% of resources were used to fund management and general expenses, and fundraising expenses.
Of the resources allocated to program services (totaling 75% of American Cancer Society resources) include:
- $153 million invested in cancer research (support to fund and conduct research into better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer, how to improve the quality of life for people living with cancer, and to advocate for laws and policies that help further cancer research)
- $310 million invested in patient support (programs to assist cancer patients and their families, easing the burden of cancer)
- $114 million invested in prevention information and education (programs that provide the public and health professionals with information and education to prevent cancer occurrence or to reduce the risk of developing cancer)
- $88 million invested in detection and treatment (programs that are directed at finding cancer before it is clinically apparent and that provide information and education about cancer treatments for a cure, recurrence, symptom management, and pain control)
- $47 million used to fund management and general expenses (executive, financial, and administrative services needed to direct the efforts of the American Cancer Society)
- $175 million spent on fundraising expenses (securing charitable financial support for the Society’s programs and services)
To date the American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.6 billion in research since 1946. To accelerate progress against cancer – all cancers – they will double their annual research investment to $250 million a year by 2021.
ACS is committed to attacking cancer on all fronts by identifying the most promising avenues for research to address what is not known today and act on what is proven to work and ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to benefit. These are their mission platforms:
They fund and conduct research to discover how people can take steps to reduce their cancer risk, and provide information on the causes of cancer – from environment to lifestyle choices to genetics, and more. ACS works to encourage healthy lifestyle choices – like avoiding tobacco, eating healthy, and being physically active – that could help to eliminate approximately 50% of deaths from cancer.
Cancer Screening and Early Detection
The American Cancer Society publishes guidelines for health care professionals and lay people alike, to help individuals know what cancer screenings are right for them.
Access to Care
Here at the ACS, they truly believe no one should die of cancer because they cannot get the quality care they need. They are working to increase screening and reduce cancer risk for underserved communities and boost their investment in our transportation and lodging programs to help patients receive treatment and support.
Patient and Caregiver Services
They provide patients and caregivers with resources that can help improve – and even save – lives. From free rides to chemo, places to stay when treatment is far from home, and their live 24/7 helpline, they’re never farther than a call, click or visit for everyone with cancer questions and concerns, when and where they need help.
They are transforming the care and long-term health of the 15.5 million cancer survivors in the US through innovative ways to mitigate the harmful long-term effects from cancer and cancer treatment.
By taking what we’ve learned through research and translating it into action, they’ve contributed to a 26% decrease in the overall US cancer death rate since 1991. That means that they helped avoid nearly 2.4 million cancer deaths during that time.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is at Isleta Amphitheater on October 27th at 8am.
You can join the BSBD team in the walk, or support us by donating to our cause here!