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Thousands joined Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Leora Black, left, and Betty Koshinsky represent the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club’s support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Leora Black, left, and Betty Koshinsky represent the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club’s support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday.
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More than 1,400 participants rallied together on Oct. 19 at the Dorset Park in South Burlington for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk, raising approximately $300,000. Nearly 150 breast cancer survivors were honored at the Society’s premier breast cancer awareness event.

“Sunday’s event was an inspirational example of passion in action,” said Michele Almeida, Specialist for Community Events with the American Cancer Society. “I’m so proud of how our community responded and how every participant, volunteer and sponsor took positive steps to help finish the fight against breast cancer.”

While significant progress in the fight against the disease has been made, more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8. In 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die from the disease in the U.S.

Since 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has been the American Cancer Society’s rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight breast cancer. In that time, 10 million walkers in nearly 300 communities across the nation have collected over $594 million.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer funds are used to make a difference by:

  • Helping people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable;
  • Investing in groundbreaking cancer research to find, prevent, treat and cure the disease;
  • Providing free information and services to help people facing breast cancer when and where they need it including transportation, lodging, wigs, support programs, financial assistance and more;
  • Ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.

For additional details about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and how to get involved visit makingstrideswalk.org. For free breast cancer information and resources visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345 any time day or night.

Taylor Lewis, left, Erica Lavallee, center, and Bethany Lagnevin, right, all of Colchester participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Sunday at Dorset Park in South Burlington. Leif Tillotson Photography

Taylor Lewis, left, Erica Lavallee, center, and Bethany Lagnevin, right, all of Colchester participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Sunday at Dorset Park in South Burlington.
Leif Tillotson Photography

The Colchester Center Fire Department show their support for breast cancer awareness again this year at Sunday’s event. Leif Tillotson Photography

The Colchester Center Fire Department show their support for breast cancer awareness again this year at Sunday’s event.
Leif Tillotson Photography

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Kevin Endres, a member of the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club drives the Pink Bus that transported participants to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Oct. 19 at Dorset Park in South Burlington. Patrick Endres assists his father. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Kevin Endres, a member of the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club drives the Pink Bus that transported participants to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Oct. 19 at Dorset Park in South Burlington. Patrick Endres assists his father.
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Colchester-Milton Rotarians participate for seventh year

The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club participated for the seventh consecutive year with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to fundraise and support families and survivors fighting cancer. This year they raised over $700 and hope to continue to the $1,000 mark.

Over the years the team has raised more than $10,000 for the cause. Betty Koshinsky was the team leader and other participants and donors were Maureen Garofano, Leora Black, Cathy LaClair, Kevin Endres, Trish Phelps, Rosemarie Ryea, Suzanne Brown, Erica Marks, Kent Booream, Will Hamilton, Ed Saulnier, Tim Brisson, David Carter and Kiki Leech.