December 22, 2014

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ready to kick off event

By Eric Young
Managing Editor | editor@ogemawherald.com
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WEST BRANCH — Area residents and community members, will help the American Cancer Society, kick off its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event this Tuesday in West Branch.

The kickoff event is slated for Tuesday, March 15, at the Quality Inn in West Branch. According to Dawn McNamara, community representative for the Great Lakes Division of the American Cancer Society, the event runs from 6:30-8 p.m., and is designed to get people ready for the Making Strides event scheduled for May 7.

“We will be providing information on the event, and signing teams up,” McNamara said. “Anyone interested in forming a team or who wants more information is invited to attend.”

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will take place May 7 at Irons Park in West Branch. The event encompasses five counties — Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Ogemaw and Roscommon, and is designed to raise money for breast cancer research.

McNamara said invitations are being sent out to some of the breast cancer survivors in the five counties to attend the kickoff event, but that anyone is welcome to attend. She added that a person does not have to attend the kickoff event to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

McNamara said the group is currently looking for team leaders. She said the process of being a team leader isn’t difficult.

“You form your team and raise funds,” she said. “It’s quite easy. The wilder and crazier the better. We want to pink it out. Awareness is everything. The more awareness we bring to the community, the better.”

She said she already has teams signed up from Prudenville, Standish and West Branch, among others.

McNamara said the planning for the May event has been going quite well.

“The community has embraced it,” she said. “Everyone we talk to, we’re amazed at how enthused they are about going.”

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will begin at 8 a.m., May 7. It is a non-competitive, 5K walk.

“Fun is mandatory,” McNamara said. “Still and always.”

McNamara said they ask all walkers to raise at least $100.

“It’s non-competitive, so we’re not going to turn a walker away,” she said.

She added that those who feel they cannot walk can participate in a number of other positions.

“There’s a place for everyone,” McNamara said. “From cheerleading to handing out water.”

For more information or to sign up a team, visit www.cancer.org/makingstrides and search for the West Branch event, or call Dawn McNamera at 1-800-728-2323.

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