About the Breast Cancer Walk in Philadelphia

By Pat Fontana

  • Overview

    The Philadelphia breast cancer walk, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, is one of several held across the country. The walk's main goal is to raise money for breast cancer research. Making Strides also partners with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to promote screenings and to advocate for change in laws affecting health insurance issues.
  • Facts

    Each fall, several hundred thousand participants across the country walk to raise money for breast cancer research. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is held in the fall in Philadelphia, starting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event is a major contributor to the more than $50 million raised in similar events nationally. The Philadelphia breast cancer walk is one of four held in the state of Pennsylvania each year.
  • Significance

    The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk helps to raise money for breast cancer research and honors those who are battling breast cancer as well as those who have died from the disease. The walk's Garden of Hope offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the reason they are walking. The organization partners with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to advocate for funding and political change to help women in their fight against breast cancer.


  • Time Frame

    The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is held in mid-October each year. The walk begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. Team photos are taken at 8:00am and survivor photos are taken at 8:40 a.m. In between photo sessions, the opening ceremonies are held at 8:20 a.m. Participants will do warm-up exercises at 8:45 a.m. before beginning the actual walk at 9:00 a.m. Walkers generally finish by 11:00 a.m., when the survivor tent raffle begins.
  • Potential

    The Philadelphia breast cancer walk has the potential to raise several million dollars that will go toward breast cancer research. According to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer webpage, money raised from contributions and sponsorships for the Philadelphia walk and others across the country "fund cutting-edge research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for all people to have access to critical cancer screenings and follow-up care and offer free programs to improve the quality of life for patients and their families."
  • Considerations

    The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Philadelphia is a 5-mile walk so prepare yourself ahead of time to be able to complete this distance. There are also volunteer opportunities to assist walkers along the way. Since the goal of the Philadelphia walk is to raise money, you should encourage others to donate as much as possible for your participation. You can also sponsor a walker yourself. Contributions are tax-deductible.
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