Castleton State College on Oct. 6 will host the second annual “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” walk. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. starting at college’s pavilion and will proceed for four miles.
It is a non-competitive walk in an effort to get people of all ages involved and help generate money for research in finding cures for the disease.
It is also a great experience for cancer survivors as well those who continue the battle, organizers say.
“It provides opportunities for survivors to engage and contribute back to those still fighting,” said Michele Almeida, organizer for the Rutland area walk.
The bar, however, has been set high. Last year the Rutland area raised $71,000. Almeida said there is still a big need for more participants in order to reach this year’s goal of $75,000.
“Last year we had above average results for a first time event,” said Almeida.
Additionally, the Castleton State College men’s soccer team will also be providing help with morning set up. The team, according to head Coach John O’Connor, looks to get actively engaged with community and be part of a good cause.
“Connecting with the community is very important,” O’Connor said.
There are currently 26 teams, 128 participants enrolled in the walk and $16,123.33 has been raised to date. The numbers are climbing every day, she said.
The walk will be sponsored by Castleton State College, Mix 98.1, and 105.3 Cat Country.
Breast Cancer Statistics:
– 1 out of 2 women will reach to the American Cancer Society for health and support. (cancer.org)
– About 530 in Vermont alone will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. (cancer.org)
– About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. (breast cancer.org)
– Roughly this year (2013) there will be 232,340 new cases developed. (cancer.org)
– About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer this year. (cancer.org)