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Through something as simple as walking you can help make a difference in the lives of the many Bronxites suffering from breast cancer and help change history.

On Sunday, October 18, thousands of participants will gather to walk the promenade along Orchard Beach for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk through the American Cancer Foundation.

“This year marks our 6th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and it the largest walk in the Bronx,” said Guillermo Flores, community mission manager for the American Cancer Society’s Bronx office.

The 5K walk is noncompetitive so anyone can participate despite their age, gender, or physical capability. Water will be distributed during the fundraiser and snack bags are given to participants at the end.

Last year, the Bronx walk raised over $415,000. Money raised from the walk will go entirely into the Bronx community to help fund breast cancer research, preventative treatments, and programs for survivors or those diagnosed with the cancer.

“All the money raised here in the Bronx stays in the Bronx,” said Flores. “We had over 8,000 walkers last year and each year it’s increasing in numbers dramatical­ly.”

The inspiring event will encourage awareness and unity amongst participants who will witness speeches from survivors and hear the stories of fellow walkers throughout the day.

Bronxites can sign up as a team or as an individual and manage donations to the cause on their own customized fundraising page.

“It’s a great family event where everyone can participate, and unlike many other walks we don’t charge a registration fee,” said Flores. “We are just asking Bronxites to help us by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.”

Registration beings at 8 a.m. the day of the event at Orchard Beach, with the walk scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

For more information or to sign up visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/MakingStridesAgainstBreastCancer/MSABCFY10Eastern?pg=entry&fr_id=19786.

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