Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Sunday, September 30, 2018
SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2018
Registration: 7:30 am
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boston is a noncompetitive two- to five and a half-mile walk which raises awareness of the disease and funds to save lives from breast cancer. At the event, the Greater Boston community embraces a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship, paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost and having collective determination to fight for a world without breast cancer.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Boston, Mass., and Concord, N.H., which are the oldest Making Strides walks in the country.
Money raised helps the Society fund innovative breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support for those touched by breast cancer; provide patient support to those who need it most; and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
The American Cancer Society depends on Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events to raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. And Making Strides events can’t happen without people like you. Through your time, effort, and dedication, you’re shining a light on the issue of breast cancer. By walking in an event, raising funds, volunteering or forming a team, you’re helping the American Cancer Society find solutions through new treatments and support services. You’re making a difference in the lives of so many. And for that we are grateful.
Story of Hope
Elizabeth “Elsie” Xu
Lexington resident Elizabeth “Elsie” Xu got her first mammogram in November 2014. All of her results came back clear, and she went about her normal life. Three months, later, however, she felt a lump in her breast.
After another set of testing, Elsie received a breast cancer diagnosis, the fast-growing tumor initially scaring her. But, she was quickly whisked into a treatment course at Mass General Hospital that included chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.
“It’s funny, but I was actually a little bit relieved because I thought that I finally had an excuse to take a break from my busy life,” Elsie recalled. “I had a great support network of people around me always helping me focus on whatever positive thing I could and helping to put a smile on my face.”
For example, still in shock over her diagnosis, Elsie assumed she would lose much, if not all, of her breast, but after talking it over with her doctors in great detail, she realized she could keep most of her breast.
As time went on and she began to accept that her hair would be falling out because of her chemo, Elsie decided to have some fun with it and set out to try different hair colors (like purple!), cuts and styles.
A close friend from her church rallied other personal friends, business colleagues, school mates and church friends to cook dinner for her family every day.
Elsie said she also looked to the American Cancer Society’s website, Cancer.org, for the latest information during that emotional year, and it reassured her along her journey.
By fall 2017, Elsie got involved with her first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boston walk, through a team of co-workers at Verizon. She said the walk gave her hope and inspiration.
“A diagnosis scares you at first, but then you realize you are not alone and you have support, like the American Cancer Society and the Making Strides walk,” she said. “Now that I also know about all the Society offers, like the 24-hour hotline, I am going to share it with anyone who needs it.”
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For more information on how to get in involved with the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.