Cincinnati 'Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer' in fundraising walk on October 13

Breast cancer survivors and their supporters made their way downtown Sunday for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Yeatman's Cove.

Presented by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Making Strides three-mile walk event was an inspiring opportunity to unite as a community and come together for a single cause. ACS says that the event is to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness and to raise money to fight the disease. 

This year was particularly special, for ACS celebrates their 100th birthday. Today, the ACS is helping to save up to 400 lives a day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month, and ACS wants women to know the chance of getting breast cancer sometime during her life is 1 in 8 and the chance from dying is 1 in 36. The earlier it's found, the better your odds for surviving. Check yourself and get screened.

One of those survivors is Denise Frazier of Mount Orab who participated in the walk for the second straight year. Sunday's event was particularly significant to her because she almost didn’t finish last year due to her aggressive cancer treatments.

"Last year I struggled but this year I'm going to walk without stopping...I'm so happy because I'm a one-year survivor and I'm going to make it," she emphatically said before the walk.

Denise and many breast cancer survivors say they were able to make Sunday's walk due in part to the support they've received from family and friends.

New Cincinnati police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell noticed that on the faces as he participated in the event.

"So what I see on a lot of folks faces here is that solidarity and cohesiveness as groups and families because cancer makes you battle it together,” said Blackwell who lost his mother to breast cancer. “A lot of success stories come from folks that help each other out and get through it as a team."

As of Thursday, Oct. 3, 579 teams and 3,312 participants had vowed to walk and raise money for the event. As of that point, those teams had raised $86,680.66 for the event.

In addition to raising money, the teams also provided a support system for people who've battled or continue to battle the disease.

"I was 25 (when I was diagnosed) and there weren't a lot of my friends who understood what I was going through so having that (support group), to talk to people, was really important," said new mother Chrissy Dooley.

Mary Catherine Alley knows about support. She’s a two-year survivor turned volunteer who wants to help others not only cope with the difficulties of the disease but also overcome them.

“Keep a positive attitude. I can't tell you how that 98 percent of the journey in conquering this. It's no longer a death sentence. We will survive and we will thrive," she said.

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See photos from this year's event at the following link: www.wcpo.com/news/news-photo-gallery/2013-making-strides-against-breast-cancer-walk

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WCPO 9 On Your Side was a proud sponsor of this event. 

Join WCPO's Making Strides Team at 9 Against Breast Cancer .

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