Nonprofit produces breast cancer walk downtown
A walk to honor breast cancer victims and survivors and raise funds to fight the disease will be held downtown this weekend.
The American Cancer Society is hosting its Make Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Grand Rapids on Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle.
Participants will walk 5 kilometers, beginning at 10 a.m. from Rosa Parks Circle. Walkers will cross the Blue Bridge, which will be adorned with decorated bras.
Before and after the walk, there will be live music, entertainment and activities, as well as refreshments and snacks.
An opening ceremony will be held 20 minutes before the walk begins to recognize the emotional and physical commitment people make to fight breast cancer.
The event is free, though donations are encouraged.
Registration at the event opens at 8:30 a.m.
Participants and teams can also register online.
Funds raised by Making Strides events go to the American Cancer Society and are used toward breast cancer research and providing free information and support to those impacted by the disease.
In 2014, the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raised more than $113,000. So far, this year’s event has raised more than $56,000 by 93 teams and 578 participants.
Nationwide, nearly 300 communities participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks each year.
Since 1993, more than 11 million participants across the U.S. have raised more than $685 million through Making Strides events, with 1.3 million walkers across the country raising $64 million in 2014.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society says it's the largest voluntary health organization, has contributed to a 20-percent drop in cancer rates since 1991 and is the nation’s largest private, nonprofit investor in cancer research.
Since 1985, October has been designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.