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Events support breast cancer awareness

 

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Marysville local and breast cancer survivor Dawn Hackett, left, sells items at her booth that helped raise money for the American Cancer Society during the organization's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event last year.

Local events and businesses are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with research, services and by supporting survivors.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

This 5K walk or run from the American Cancer Society (ACS) happens at the Port of Everett's Jetty Landing on Oct. 15.

It begins at 8 a.m. with runners starting at 9:15 a.m. and walkers starting at 9:30 a.m.

Last year the event raised just under $100,000, said Chase Carter, who works at the ACS.

Those funds go toward local scientists who are researching breast cancer. One of the programs it goes to is UW Medicine, which is a program that discovered the BRCA 1 gene which lets doctors identify patients who have the gene responsible for causing one type of breast cancer.

That type makes up about 20 percent of breast cancer.

Now preventative measures can be better taken for those who are at risk of developing that type of breast cancer.

"That's just one example of how dollars that have been raised locally have helped," said Carter.

Funds raised also go toward services for breast cancer patients. That includes free lodging for those who have to travel more than 50 miles for their appointments, free transportation and many different types of classes.

Since the beginning of the year the local ACS has helped 627 patients with more than 3,800 services, according to Carter.

Carter said the event is good for those who are battling breast cancer.

"It's a really powerful experience when there are hundreds from the community coming together in solidarity," he said.

Carter himself is a leukemia survivor and said participating in the ACS' Relay for Life event was similarly inspiring.

"When I participate every year it's always been an incredible experience," he said. "You have the local businesses and your neighbors and your whole community out there cheering you on."

There will be about 60 vendors at the event. Special closing ceremonies will be held as well.

Carter said that the ACS estimates that about 820 women will pass away in 2016 in Washington state because of breast cancer.

"That's more than two women a day, so that is our motivation because we know that is an unacceptable number," he said.

Local Businesses

Many local businesses are also showing their support in many ways.

Some like Coastal Community Bank are sending teams to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Everett.

Two local hair salons, Hair Masters in Arlington and Regis Marysville, are both participating in Clips for a Cure this year.

During the Oct. 15 event 10 percent of proceeds from hair cuts will be donated to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

Arlington KROPP 3D Training is offering free training to all breast cancer survivors this month and has a membership promotion with proceeds going to Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Ezequiel Lopez Fuentes, a trainer and partner at KROPP 3D in Arlington, said that breast cancer has affected many of their lives there.

"All partners at KROPP Arlington have had loved ones affected by breast cancer, some survivors, others sadly not, but all endured a great deal through it," he said.

"We felt that it was vital to connect with the Arlington community on this important issue that has hurt so many families and extend our deepest respect to those who have fought or are fighting breast cancer by opening our doors and offering free training for this month," he said.

Another local business participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Roy Robinson Chevrolet in Marysville which is donating $10 to the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program for each test drive of a new Chevrolet during October.

There are also several other local events and businesses in the area supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

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