Making Stride

Participants take part in Snohomish County's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 14, 2017.

 

The annual Making Strides walk of Snohomish County will bring together breast cancer survivors and allies again to support cancer research and local services.

The walk is put on by the American Cancer Society.

This year’s event will be held on Oct. 26, with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

It will begin at the Snohomish County Plaza at 3010 Oakes Ave., Everett.

“The event is taking place in downtown Everett again at the county plaza,” said Hannah Sladek, American Cancer Society senior community development manager and one of the main organizers for this year’s walk.

Before the walk there will be activities for participants to take part in.

“Guests can come up and take a photo in our giant pink chair,” said Sladek. “The local YMCA is doing our Zumba warmups."

The walk will go to Providence Hospital and then back to the Snohomish County plaza. Sladek some many of the businesses along the walk plan to have their pink decorations out as well.

“Some of the local businesses will be supporting us as part of the Paint Colby Pink competition,” she said.

The walk is meant to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, said Sladek, but it also allows breast cancer survivors, caretakers and friends to get together.

“I think everyone’s favorite part of the event is the sense of community,” she said.

“Whether you are a breast cancer survivor or you’re out there supporting someone or walking to remember someone, everyone is out there together for a shared cause,” she said.

The event is dog-friendly again. There will be an award for best dressed dog as well as best dressed team, said Sladek.

Last year was the biggest breast cancer walk ever in Snohomish County, said Sladek, and they raised $117,000 with about 1,200 people participating.

“We hope to bring back that many people again this year,” she said.

They hope to have 1,200 people again and their goal is to raise $125,000 this year.

“Those funds mainly go to the ACS where we provide services to breast cancer patients locally,” said Sladek. Those services include paying for volunteer rides to treatment, cancer hotlines and other support programs that the American Cancer Society helps to run and organize.

“The funds also go to research, specifically for breast cancer,” said Sladek.

To donate or for more information about the event go to makingstrideswalk.org/everettwa.

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