About the Breast Cancer Walk in Norfolk, Virginia

By Rhonda Campbell

  • Overview

    The American Cancer Society sponsors the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event that takes place in Norfolk, Va. The walk is used to increase awareness of breast cancer and to raise money to help find a cure for the disease. Women and men alike are invited to participate in the walk. In 2007, the walk raised more than $50 million around the United States and had more than 500,000 participants. Sponsors for the Norfolk walk include Best Buy, Farm Fresh, Fox Television in Hampton Roads, Lamar, 92.9 The Wave, Haynes, Star 94.1, Sun Trust, WAVY Television and Dominion.
    About the Breast Cancer Walk in Norfolk, Virginia
  • History

    The 2008 event was held at Harbor Park and Elizabeth River Trail in downtown Norfolk. The walk covers three miles through the heart of the city. Nationally the walk started in 1993. Since its inception the walk has raised more than $340 million through the efforts of more than 4 million walkers.
  • Significance

    As the website for the Norfolk's Breast Cancer Walk states, "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a great way to fight back against breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. Making Strides is not a race; it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love." In 2006, event and organization volunteers worked to keep the bill that calls for insurance companies to cover the cost of mammograms alive. The bill is active in 49 states in America. Interested people can let their voices be heard for mammogram availability to all women by contacting Congress through the following link: http://action.acscan.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MakingStrides2


  • Registration and More Information

    Former participants can visit the American Cancer Society website and use their previous login and password to learn more about the walk and other services the society offers. New registrants can visit the society's website and click "My Participant Center" to register for more information about breast cancer. There is no fee or pre-registration required to participate in the actual walk.
  • Time Frame

    The Norfolk Breast Cancer Walk begins at 9 a.m. Participants can also register the day of the event beginning at 8 am. The event is held annually in early October.
  • Benefits

    Money raised from the walk helps to pay for services and works offered through the American Cancer Society such as research, 24-hour cancer hot line, radiation treatment, community programs and efforts to boost public policies that benefit people.
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