Today, area residents will step off at the Tanger Outlets to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
Women taking part in this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fund raiser will don prink bras and walk as part of a national effort designed to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease and raise money for American Cancer Society programs.
According to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website, the event is intended to help the American Cancer Society save lives by:
n Helping people stay well by educating and empowering women to live healthy lives and reduce their risk for breast cancer, and to get screening tests such as mammograms to find breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat.
n Helping people facing breast cancer get well by providing information, day-to-day help, and emotional support to guide them through every step of their breast cancer experience.
n Finding cures by investing in and conducting research that leads to groundbreaking discoveries into breast cancer's causes and cures.
n Fighting back by working with legislators to support laws that help fight breast cancer and help all women get access to screenings and care.
It's a worthy event - and a worthy cause.
According to the latest statistics, also provided by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women, second only to skin cancer.
About 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year with another 57,650 new cases still in the early stages.
About 39,520 women will die from the disease.
The Tanger Outlets is at 20350 Summerlin Road. Registration for the local 2K Stride will run from 7- 8 a.m., or even a little later, organizers said. The event itself will last "a few hours," wrapping up around noon, depending on how long participants stay to share stories, listen to speakers, and offer support.
For those who are reading their Saturday Breeze a little later this morning, it isn't too late to take part.
Donations still are most decidedly welcome.
Checks may be mailed to:
The American Cancer Society
4575 Via Royale Suite 110
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Donations also may also be made online at:
Money raised locally contributes to patient services throughout Lee County.
- Breeze editorial