About the Breast Cancer Walk in Phoenix, AZ

By Sabah Karimi

  • Overview

    Phoenix, Arizona, hosts a number of breast cancer walks and events throughout the year, and many of these events are free to join. Participants can participate in a timed race or complete a fun run/walk event to show their support for breast cancer awareness organizations in Phoenix and around the country.
  • Major Events

    Over 9,000 walkers participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2008, and the event continues to be one of the largest breast cancer awareness fundraisers in the city. Other events include the Y-Me National Breast Cancer Walk to Empower, the City of Hope's Walk Against Breast Cancer and the Breast Cancer 3-Day event.
  • Features

    Some events are timed races, while others are leisurely walks; all events are open to the general public, and participants can raise money for their cause by collecting donations, obtaining business or corporate sponsorships or selling breast cancer awareness merchandise and donating the proceeds to their charity of choice. Phoenix, Arizona, has raised millions of dollars through various breast cancer walks and is a popular destination for breast cancer events throughout the year.


  • Benefits

    Individuals and teams participating in a breast cancer walk may be eligible for complimentary T-shirts, souvenirs and collectibles for their efforts, and those who earn top fundraiser rankings may be recognized on the walk's main website. Nationally sponsored walks such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization provide participants with a website fundraising page so that participants can collect donations online and promote their participation.
  • Volunteering

    Both men and women of all ages can participate in breast cancer walks, but those who do not want to complete the race or walk can show their support by volunteering. Volunteers are needed before and during race day to recruit participants, promote the event and oversee registration tables. Some race events also need volunteers to distribute refreshments and beverages to walkers, and other volunteer projects involve marketing and public relations initiatives.
  • Types

    There are several different breast cancer walks and events hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, each year. The Y-ME National Breast Cancer Walk to Empower event takes place at the Phoenix Zoo in late summer. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K walk takes place in downtown Phoenix in mid-October. The City of Hope's Walk Against Breast Cancer is a timed 5K run/walk that takes place at the Phoenix Zoo. The Breast Cancer 3-Day event covers 60 miles around Phoenix and is coordinated by the Ladies of Perpetual H.O.P.E. in November. The American Cancer Society hosts the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Tempe Beach Park in November.
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