This year, once again, Dr. Tom and the Infinite Eye Care staff will be supporting the fight against breast cancer with the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides of Central Minnesota walk. The walk is set to be held at Hallenbeck Hall at SCSU Saturday, October 15th. Our goal is to raise $2500 for the cause.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. Each year, it is estimated that over 246,000 women in the United States alone will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Statistics show that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. On average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes. However, there are currently 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Survival rates for Breast Cancer patients have been on the rise since about 1990, partly due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options. However, survival rate improvement would not have accelerated at the rate it has without the support of community members and resources from the American Cancer Society. According to last year’s statistics from cancer.org, “The Society is currently funding more than $86 million in breast cancer research through 204 research and training grants. These grants are awarded in multiple areas relevant to the disease, including genetics, etiology, diagnostics, drug development; and preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological studies in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life.”
Programs such as Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer are a huge asset in supporting the fight against breast cancer. Relay For Life has rallied four million people worldwide, raising critical funds to help fuel the mission of the American Cancer Society and impact millions of lives. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are influential as well, raising awareness and funds to stunt breast cancer – it is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation. It unites nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. Funds raised by the walk allow the American Cancer Society to pioneer research for breast cancer, provide free educational programs to patients, survivors, and caregivers, and improve the screening processes.
|The 2015 Making Strides team|
Infinite Eye Care recognizes the important influence that the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk has in the fight against this insidious disease. We acknowledge the impact that a community can have when it comes together. That is why we want to invite those around us to join us in supporting a cause bigger than ourselves; be a part of a movement that can have a profound impact on many lives by walking with us on October 15th.