OCALA — The American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” will join with the community of Ocala in a non-competitive 5K walk to celebrate survivors and bring awareness to the cause.
The goal of the walk is to unite communities to lead the fight against breast cancer. It is the largest network of cancer fundraising and awareness events in the nation.
In the months leading up to the event, teams work together to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer initiatives.
Beth Williams, a local nurse practitioner for the Hospice of Marion County, says “I am walking for continued research, I am walking in honor of those who are currently battling the disease, I am walking in memory of those brave women who lost their battle, and I am walking for every woman who will face this disease in the future.”
She went on to say that, although strides have been made towards a diagnosis, what frightens her is that she falls in a category of women over 40 who are at greater risk of developing the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, there is a 1 in 8 chance a woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
The event takes place on Saturday, October 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 2601 SE Fort King Street in Ocala.
Commencement will be an opening ceremony with the walk beginning at 9 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to sign up online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/OcalaFL prior to the walk to make check-in easier on the day of the event.
Making Strides of Ocala advises that all participants must register for the walk, including children.