The Lee County American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event committee has announced that the 2013 event Kickoff will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. and will be generously hosted by Crowne Plaza at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers. The event is free and open to the public with RSVP to the local ACS office at 936-1113. Vein Specialists has been named as the Kickoff sponsor. Other event sponsors include Victory Layne Chevrolet, 21st Century Oncology, People’s Trust Insurance Company, Advanced Pain Management & Spine Specialists, NeoGenomics, Iberiabank, Rasmussen College and Omni Fitness.
The Making Strides Kickoff event will feature a live and silent auction, chair massages, a photo booth, food and music for the guests, as well as team and survivor registration for the 5K walk event on Oct. 19. At the Kickoff, a special presentation will be given by 2013 Honorary Survivor Chair Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO at Hope Healthcare Services and two-time cancer survivor. Kickoff sponsor Vein Specialists will also be providing free vein screenings at the event. Patients undergoing treatment for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can suffer from damage to superficial leg veins, which can be treated and may be covered by insurance.
“Now in our third year as the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff sponsor, we continue to see the importance of participating in such a worthwhile cause and respected organization, as well as the personal effect this disease has on so many people,” said Brittany Jones, director of marketing for Vein Specialists. “Recently, Dr. Magnant’s sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. We will all be walking as a team for her; we will be fighting for her.”
On Oct. 19, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer noncompetitive 5K walk will take place at Tanger Outlets with registrationbeginning at 7 a.m. and the walk starting at 8 a.m. The event is comprised of teams of walkers who have raised funds for the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research, education and patient programs. The MSABC 2013 event committee has set a fundraising goal for the event of $215,000, with a sponsorship goal of $60,000 and a recruitment goal of 187 teams.
Teams may register for the walk at the event website www.makingstrideswalk.org/leecounty. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship may contact the event chair, Debra Newell at 239-985-2664 or email@example.com. Information is also available by contacting the Lee County American Cancer Society office at 239-936-1113.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Call ACS 24 hours a day at 1-800-ACS-2345.