NEW HAVEN Conn. (WTNH) — Thousands of people are gathering from across the state this month for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to be apart of Breast Cancer Awareness Month..
The event is to celebrate the survivor-ship of those affected by the cancer and show the determination to put an end to the disease. More than 16,000 Connecticut residents came together on Sunday, October 16th in Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, and Westport for the American Cancer Society walk.
These events are expected to raise a collective $900,000 to help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer. While significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made, more needs to be done. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,450 will die from the disease this year. These statistics include the 3,290 women who will be diagnosed in Connecticut this year and 450 residents who will die from this disease. There are still three Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in Waterbury, New London County, and Bridgeport on Sunday, October 23rd.
The next event is Sunday October 23 at Library Park in Waterbury. Registration starts at 10:00a.m. The event is also going on in New London County on October 23 at Rocky Neck State park in Niantic, registration starts at 10:30a.m.