TOLEDO (WTVG) - As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
While survivor rates have increased in recent years, hundreds of thousands of women will still be diagnosed with the disease this year.
The American Cancer Society is on the front lines of the fight. A local event this weekend will help the ACS continue its research and life-changing work for patients and survivors.
The honorary survivor for this year;'s walk is Alicia Pangrac. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago at the age of 28. She had surgery, chemo ad radiation. During a routine mammogram earlier this year, Alicia learned the cancer had come back, She had a bi-lateral mastectomy, and is currently going through reconstruction.
Alicia says her incredible circle of support helps her get through the tough days. People who don't have a support system can turn to the ACS for help. There are a number of free programs for patients and survivors. The free support from the ACS includes everything from rides to treatment, a place to stay close to treatment, programs that connect patients to survivors, and a 24/7 hotline to answer all your cancer questions. The hotline number is 1-800-227-2345.
The money raised at the walk this weekend will be used for research and free programs for cancer patients and survivors.
The walk is this Saturday in Hensville Park. There's still plenty of time to be part of it. We've posted links on our website.
If you'd like to register the day of the walk, you can start doing that at 8 in the morning. The walk steps off at 9:30
13abc is a proud sponsor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.