Oak Park residents needed to make strides to end breast cancer

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Danielle Swets

Hundreds of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest residents are needed to help change the course of breast cancer forever. The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® three mile fundraising walk on May 11 at Oak Park and River Forest High School (South Fields) 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 Our local resident and cancer survivor Danielle Villari Swets is the staff lead for the walk, she was diagnosed with AML Leukemia while a student at Oak Park and River Forest. She told us, "I would not be here today if it was not for my community coming together to help my family when I had cancer. I am honored to give back to others the way they gave 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.

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

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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