NORTH CONWAY — About 339 area residents from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts came together on Oct. 18, at Whitaker Woods Home Site in North Conway Village for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and to raise almost $64,000 to help finish the fight.
“This Mount Washington Valley volunteer driven event is a moving example of passion in action,” said Pamela Ritchie, American Cancer Society community manager. “An amazing volunteer planning committee created a wonderful experience in a very short time. Many participants expressed the desire to help the event grow in future years. Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk unites the community together with a shared determination to help finish the fight. Making Strides participants can be proud that their fundraising efforts are helping to save more lives from breast cancer. Dollars they raise enable the American Cancer Society to invest in ground breaking research including right here at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire provide free, comprehensive information and support to people affected by the disease; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.”
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 and Figures 2015, an estimated 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,290 will die from the disease this year.
It’s not too late to make a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in North Conway. Visit makingstrideswalk.org/northconwaynh to help the Society continue saving lives. For free breast cancer information and resources, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.