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City of Gig Harbor Employees Among Walkers Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, organized by the American Cancer Society, will take place in downtown Tacoma on Oct. 13.

Walkers will honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness this weekend at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Sound walk at Theatre Square in downtown Tacoma. 

The 5K walk and celebrations start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Click here to check out the route.

According to the event website, it has raised more than $58,900 so far. Funds from this event benefit the Breast and Cervical Health Program in Washington State to provide mammograms and screenings for uninsured women.

The website also said 90 percent of breast cancer diagnosis are not related to genetics. In addition, 1 out of 8 women in the U.S. will develop an invasive breast cancer within their lifetime.

According to the American Cancer Society, the Making Strides began 20 years ago, breast cancer death rates have declined more than 32 percent.

This year's participants include Team City of Gig Harbor. Its members are Norine Alvarad, Stacy Colberg, David Gibbard, Janis Gibbard, Amy Londgren, Diane McBane, Nancy Nayer, Terri Reed, Molly Towslee, Larry Washburn, Mercella Washburn, Stacey Washburn, Susana Washburn and Maureen Whitaker.

As of Friday, Oct. 5, Team City of Gig Harbor has raised $2,050--$50 more than their goal amount. If you would like to join or donate to the team, visit the team website.

The event is sponsored by Carol Milgard Breast Center.

To find out more, go to the event website on the American Cancer Society events page.

Harborite October 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Bless any woman who has or is suffering from breast cancer...or any cancer for that matter...but it seems like such a waste of time to walk down the street...how bout using that time more constructively...like driving a person who needs a ride to the Dr. or doing errands for them.

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