Letters to the Editor11/6/08

Nov. 6, 2008

 

Breast cancer awareness

In these economically uncertain times, it was especially meaningful to see the incredible support offered to Vermont’s first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event held on Oct. 19. More than 2,000 people from around the state assembled in Dorset Park in South Burlington, walking five miles in solidarity, support and shared strength.

The efforts of these dedicated breast cancer survivors, caregivers, families and friends helped raise more than $175,000 toward breast cancer research, education and advocacy. I, and the American Cancer Society, thank them for all they’ve done.

We also thank our many generous Flagship sponsors. In all, the Vermont business community put more than $13,000 of muscle behind Making Strides, including $70,000 of in-kind donations. Our in-kind sponsors donating materials, food and support made this event possible. We thank all of our sponsors and look forward to working with each of them again next year!

Last, but certainly not least, our thanks to the 100 volunteers who helped us plan and manage the thousands of details that went into this successful event. Their outstanding participation demonstrates Vermont’s unique spirit of community.

The American Cancer Society considers Making Strides a great success, and is optimistic our message was heard: Women age 40 and over must make annual mammograms a priority.

If you have questions about breast cancer, mammograms or Making Strides please visit www.cancer.org or call 800-227-2345.

Amy Deavitt

Community Executive

American Cancer Society

New England Division