Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Is Sunday

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Is Sunday

Jeddah United basketball club has held a "friendly game" event to support the Zahra breast cancer association.

More than a million people participate in these Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events each year - with a message much bigger than just fighting the disease.

"It's fantastic to look back and see what journey we came through and at the lows and the highs and know that we are here two feet on the ground being able to walk and support everyone that's here", says Sharon Parlapiano, a cancer survivor.

Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women - less than one percent of diagnoses occur in men - and while survival rates are increasing according to some statistics, those with metastatic breast cancer don't have the option to have a plan that will leave them cancer-free. One of them took place at Marlins Park in Miami, and the other at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale.

Yet that kind of language implies that when a patient is diagnosed, her (or his) happiness hinges on the success of treatment. "Supporting breast cancer awareness and being part of the campaign shows the community how both topics are related and helps ladies to exercise more and to get check-ups".

"If you don't have the financial means to have a mammogram done, OCH Breast Center can offer some free assistance for you", says nurse practitioner Nancy Ashford. "We wanted to be a blessing to our local survivors, here in Tallahassee".

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Shonda Davis, the mistress of ceremonies, won her fight against breast cancer.

That diagnosis came about 13 years after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Her mother passed first in 2002.

"Every year we have the survivors conference. There is so much money and emphasis on awareness, but we need more research to extend my life".

"Cancer affects so many people", Kruzic said.

The event was attended by Reham Afandi Saudi, a Saudi zumba coach and breast cancer survivor, who said that she was there to share the positive spirit and give a zumba class for all the women at the event.

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