OPRF to host American Cancer Society 5K fundraising walk

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Amy Jo Steinbruecker, American Cancer Society

Oak Park residents are needed to help change the course of breast cancer forever. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5K fundraising walk on Saturday, May 11 at 8 am at Oak Park/River Forest High School - South Field will help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow.

The walks, in more than 270 communities nationwide, help to raise $60 million dollars for the American Cancer Society each year to save lives from breast cancer. The dollars raised fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer; ensure access to mammograms for women who need them; and provide free resources and support to the one in two newly diagnosed women who turn to the Society for help and support, including transportation and lodging during treatment.

"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer," said Katherine L. Griem, M.D., president of the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division. "The progress we are making is remarkable, but we need volunteers to join us in the fight."

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. This event also supports the American Cancer Society's unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

To register or for more information, visit makingstrideswalk.org/oakparkil or call (312) 279-7276.

For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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