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Making Strides raises funds for research, patient services

 

The Making Strides of Snohomish County brought many groups and individuals together this year on Oct. 15 to raise funds for breast cancer research and patient services.

Participants walked around Xfinity Arena's upper ring as part of this year's event.

The annual American Cancer Society (ACS) event raises funds that go toward research and services for patients, like free lodging or transportation for those that need them.

"Essentially cancer sucks. We want to make sure we're raising awareness and earning some money and putting our resources toward a good cause," said Jennifer Chu, who is on the leadership council for the event.

Many participants walked because of the things they've seen personally.

"I walk in honor of my mother, she's a breast cancer survivor," said Erin Reynolds, from Marysville's Coastal Community Bank.

"I think the biggest piece is this is my son's grandma and it was a really huge impact to think about losing her. I think it's important that we keep thinking about moving forward with breast cancer research," she said.

"Everyone has a reason for walking," said Taryn Daly from Marysville.

Daly's cousin was diagnosed at 24 and had a double mastectomy. She has also seen her friend from college and mom's best friend fight breast cancer as well.

"Can you talk to anyone, anywhere, that it hasn't affected someone's life?" said Grace Holland, from Arlington.

Aletha Tatge from Marysville said she wanted to help those that need help.

"It's good to have support and to have people donate and that really helps the families that are suffering," she said. "We have known people that suffer from cancer so we want to be supportive of research."

Many people came with their business or friends for the event.

"It's fun to come together as a team and get to know each other a little bit better," said Reynolds, who is a manager at Marysville's Coastal Community Bank.

Holland came with her local machinists union.

"We've always supported the breast cancer walk. Community issues are our issues, so we're out here every year," she said.

Community is one of the things that participants said they liked about participating.

"You meet people from all over the place and build new friendships and connections," said Daly.

"I've recognized and connected with people that I met seven years ago doing Strides, so it's nice to have that constant community feeling," she said.

People coming together for a common goal helps the fundraising efforts.

"It just brings the community together for one cause and it's all of us together that makes a difference," said Holland.

While normally near the Port of Everett, last weekend's predicted storm caused the event to be moved into Xfinity Arena in Everett.

"I'm really excited they were able to move it inside and make sure everyone's going to be safe this year," said Chu.

More information about the American Cancer Society and their events can be found at cancer.org.

 

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