Published on August 08, 2013

Event to launch Making Strides breast cancer fundraiser


The American Cancer Society will kick off plans Thursday for Jacksonville's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to be held in October.

Making Strides funds free resources and programs for breast cancer patients, research to find a cure and access to mammograms, according to a news release.

At the kickoff, breast cancer survivors and community members in Jacksonville will share their stories. Also, event chair Kyle Sanders, president of St. Vincent's Southside, will speak.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the University of North Florida's University Center Grand Banquet Hall, 12000 Alumni Drive in Jacksonville.

Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities. In 2012, approximately 15,000 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in Florida alone, according to the release.

One of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to the Society for help and support.

The Jacksonville walk will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at The Jacksonville Landing. For more information, go to