Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Fairfield County, CT will return as an in-person walk on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island Connector in Westport, providing reimagined and new ways to support and fund the future of breast cancer research and programs.  This walk will be held in accordance with CDC and CT State guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees and masks are required.  Last year’s event was a drive-thru, with additional virtual options due to the pandemic.  In 2019, an estimated 6,500 participants joined the effort raising more than $320,000 towards breast cancer research.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. To register for the event, go to www.makingstrideswalk.org/fairfieldcountyCT.  The Society is requiring that all individuals register in advance to be kept abreast of important details, which will be updated regularly. 

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional walk might look different, but our passion and commitment to fight breast cancer is unchanged,” says Erin Nielsen, Senior Development Manager at the American Cancer Society.  “The health and safety of all our guests and participants is our number one priority. As the fall draws closer, event-based decisions may be made to best meet the health and safety needs of our supporters, staff, and volunteers, including options that help mitigate individual and community health risks,” she added.

In its 27th year in Fairfield County, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement embraces a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, while raising awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer. 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women in the U.S.  In Connecticut, the American Cancer Society estimates 3,540 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 420 will succumb to the disease.  Nationwide, 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021.

The American Cancer Society is the nation’s nonprofit leader in the breast cancer fight, putting 100+ years of cancer-fighting experience to work through investments in breast cancer research, ensuring greater access to quality care, influencing public policy, and providing patient support. For more information contact the American Cancer Society via email at Erin.Nielsen@cancer.org or call (203) 563.1539. Visit us online at makingstrideswalk.org/fairfieldcountyCT