About the Breast Cancer Walk Phoenix

By Rhonda Campbell

  • Overview

    City of Hope, a cancer care center named one of "America's Best Hospitals" by "U.S. News & World Report," sponsors Phoenix's annual Breast Cancer Walk for Hope event. As the City of Hope notes at its official website, "Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer is a national family-oriented, noncompetitive walk that raises funds to support breast cancer research, treatment and education programs at City of Hope." The walk has national sponsors including Good Housekeeping, Hilton and Delta Airlines.
    About the Breast Cancer Walk Phoenix
  • History

    Nearly 100 years ago, in 1913, City of Hope was founded. The treatment and care center started when a group of people with a strong desire to offer healing in the place of suffering set up tents for people with serious health challenges. Two tents went up in Duarte, California; from that start emerged the City of Hope. As the City of Hope states on its website, "Hope was the soul of its existence then--and so it remains." The breast cancer walk started in 1995.
  • Significance

    As noted by City of Hope, breast cancer is "the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer." Annually about 180,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are anticipated to be discovered this year in the United States alone. City of Hope's research work has helped to find treatments like Herceptin, a treatment that helps patients to heal from aggressive forms of breast cancer.

  • Event

    The actual walk is 5K, or about 3 miles. In 2008 over 26,000 people throughout the United States participated in the walk. The Arizona walk was held at Salt River Project, 1600 N. Priest Drive in Tempe, Arizona. In 2008 the walk started at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium parking lot around Galvin Parkway, Washington Street then wound back around to the stadium parking lot over by Salt River Drive. Details on upcoming walks are released closer to the date of the actual events. Even if it is raining, the walk is held.
  • Time Frame

    Registration is open until the actual day of the walk. If you are unable to physically participate in the walk you can make a donation and participate virtually. Refreshments and restrooms are provided on the day of the walk. Participants can login to a fundraising site to log monies raised for the walk. An email address and password are required to log into the site. If you want to register in advance of the walk online you can do so by visiting Walk4hope.org (see Resources). Walkers can also join a team. This allows companies, schools, churches and other organizations to get involved and participate as a group. The actual walk takes place in early October.
  • Benefits

    Donations made to the breast cancer walk are tax deductible. In 2008 the walk raised more than $2.5 million. Walkers in Phoenix numbered 2,000 in 2008. Phoenix walkers raised over $312,000. Through monies raised from the walk and other fund raising efforts, City of Hope is able to conduct research work to find out the causes of breast cancer, genetic attributes that might trigger the disease and find new, more effective treatments for the disease.
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