The B Word: American Cancer Society’s Community Walk for B***** Cancer

Walking. One walks to the refrigerator for a glass of orange juice. One walks to the mailbox for today’s paper. One walks with arms pumping in purple spandex tank tops with ear buds blaring motivational music.

One could put that walking towards breast cancer treatment and prevention.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, walkers will collect into a swarming pink mass of world-changers. They will travel to Parkview Field, where they will register, then stretch on that cool morning to warm their muscles, no doubt covered in pink from head to sneaker. These walkers have spent the past month raising money by writing letters and selling baked goods and begging at neighborhood doors—all to honor a sister, mother, wife who has or will be touched by breast cancer.

Where: Parkview Field
When: October 11, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. registration/9:00 a.m. walk kick-off
Register Your Team: makingstrideswalk.org/fortwaynein
Contact: (260) 471-3911;
FortWayneINStrides@cancer.org

Do you know someone hurt by cancer? It is difficult to imagine a world without it, but what would the human race be if not optimistic? The American Cancer Society organizes fundraisers based on the human tendency towards optimism. And why shouldn’t humans be optimistic? Polio is eradicated, influenza is no longer fatal and now childbirth barely spits a .02-percent mortality rate at mothers. History is full of optimists.

Pink is an optimistic color, isn’t it? It is the color assigned to the female gender, the color of low-calorie shrimp (and therefore flamingos) and the color of spring; a season of birth and growth. The birth of these community walks, dubbed “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” was in 1993. This year marks its 21st birthday—always a momentous life event—and over the years 10 million walkers have pumped arms and legs and over $594,000,000 into the fight against breast cancer.

This year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Fort Wayne is presented by Kroger. Additionally, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and General Motors/UAW #2209 Fort Wayne Assembly add their support as Flagship Sponsors, and 21Alive, Fun 101.7 and glo Magazine are this year’s media sponsors. Supporting sponsors include: Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology, Lassus Bros. Oil, Inc., Biomet, Lutheran Life Villages, Parrish Leasing, Inc., Physicians Health Plan, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Vera Bradley.

Fort Wayne’s 4,000 walkers contributed $270,000 during this American Cancer Society event in 2013. Beat that!

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer brings communities together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Mindy Torres, community events specialist for Fort Wayne. “The progress we are making is remarkable, but more people are needed to help finish the fight.”

You have a one in eight chance of having breast cancer. Even $270,000 isn’t going to affect that statistic by the time you finish this article. But you have optimism. That $270,000 can affect that statistic by the time your daughter, or her daughter, has her first mammogram. “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.”

More than 40,400 American women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 will subsequently die. More than 4,000 Hoosiers need to wear pink spandex on October 11 at Parkview Field to lower that number in 2015.

Walk. Write and bake and beg. Fund breast cancer research grants. Provide for free patient services and cancer information. Support legislative advocacy for cancer patients who need care.

Be an optimist.

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About Davina Black

Davina is a freelance writer from Keystone, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, where she earned her B.A. in Writing. In addition to her Lady Lit column in “glo,” she writes book and blog reviews for “Home Indoor Outdoor Living,” thus delving into at least six books each month. Davina began her sortie with “glo” in the first issue in 2009 and has covered a multitude of issues including health, dance, fashion, design, cuisine, aging and military. Her husband, Daniel, is a high school engineering teacher from Goshen, Ind., and together they have a blonde toddler named Judah.

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