Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

by American Cancer Society Great West Division
MSABC Survivors
MSABC Survivors

The American Cancer Society just wrapped up its 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and thanks to our donors, we have raised more than $140,000! However, we still need your help in the fight to end breast cancer and to reach our goal of $180,000.  With the funds you donate to Making Strides, you are helping to save lives in many ways:

The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer and all cancers that affect women. We invest the most in research of any non-governmental organization to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease. Currently, breast cancer research projects are under way at institutions across the country, thanks in large part to funds raised by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

  • One of every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help and support. 
  • We are committed to connecting people facing cancer with the information, day-to-date help, and emotional support they need in the communities where they live to help them get well.
  • We’re in every community providing free information and services and ensuring mammograms for women who need them.

Thank you to all of our supporters and those who have already donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. We appreciate your support in helping to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. 

Please visit, or contact Julie Robertson at 503.795.3958 to learn more about Making Strides.

2012 Participants
2012 Participants
MSABC Volunteers
MSABC Volunteers


The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk unites communities to celebrate people who have battled breast cancer, educate people about ways to reduce their risk, and empower communities to join the fight. Every dollar raised will help save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against breast cancer.

With just a little over a month until our event, we are still raising money to reach our goal of $152,000. We need your help more than ever in the fight against breast cancer. When you donate people in our community will:

  • Have information and tools they need to stay well from breast cancer or find the disease early, when it's easiest to treat
  • Have a place to turn for help 24/7 if they are facing breast cancer
  • Benefit from the progress being made toward finding breast cancer's causes and cures
  • Get access to lifesaving mammograms and treatment

Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. There are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors who celebrated another birthday last year because of people like you who made a donation.  We couldn’t do it without you!

If you are interested in learning more about the walk, please visit, or contact Julie Robertson at 503.795.3958.


Fashion Show
Fashion Show

Firstly, my heart felt thanks go out to all who have donated to our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign thus far. Without your dollars, we wouldn't be able to help people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against breast cancer, here in our community and across the country. At the American Cancer Society, we are dedicated to providing education, advocacy, research and patient services, at no cost to anyone who needs our help, and your dollars ensure that we continue this important work.

Our committee of 20 women, (mostly cancer survivors or those closely impacted by the disease) have been working hard to plan our May event. We're adding many elements to our walk this year, making it more than just a walk-it's an event! We'll have children's activities, vendors selling various wares, delicious food, tasty beverages, and many messages scattered throughout the event of how to keep yourself, your neighbor, your sister, your friends; safe from breast cancer, and how to fight back for those battling, or those we've lost.

We held our 4th annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show, show casing models, designers and shop owners who have been impacted by breast cancer. At this event, we raised $4000 to continue our fight against cancer! Maybe we'll see you there next year!  (See Fashion Show  Picture)

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generosity so far, and in the future. Please know that when you donate to the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, your dollars truly make a difference.

If you would like more information on this year's event, please visit our website at

Happy New Year from our family to yours! 



Since 1993, six million walkers across the country have raised more than $400 million through Making Strides events to help fight breast cancer. The American Cancer Society saves lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays - where this disease never steals another year from anyone’s life.









With your support, we are saving lives by:

  •  Helping People Stay Well
  • We know that detecting breast cancer early, at its most treatable stage, can mean the difference between life and death. So we provide screening guidelines, physician education, and engage in efforts to increase public awareness about the importance of yearly mammograms.
  • Helping People Get Well
  • Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. That’s why the American Cancer Society is in everyone’s corner around the clock to guide them through every step of a breast cancer experience. The Society offers free programs and services in nearly every community across the country to ensure that cancer patients and their loved ones do not have to face cancer alone.
  • We are committed to connecting people facing cancer with the information, day-to-day help, and emotional support they need in the communities where they live to help them get well. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night, or visit us at to find out what resources are available in your community.




Finding Cures



The American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, and cure the disease than in any other solid tumor site. We take pride in funding promising researchers early in their careers, and our track record is something we share with pride. Of the researchers chosen for Society funding throughout the years, 44 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Your support has allowed the American Cancer Society to be involved in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough of the last century!

Currently, breast cancer research projects are under way at institutions across the country, thanks in large part to the funds raised by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants. With your continued help, we can fund more critical research projects, one of which could result in a breakthrough that would lead to fewer diagnoses and lower the number of deaths from breast cancer each year.


Fighting Back

Right now, cancer can't be defeated in doctors' offices alone. We work with legislators to pass laws to defeat breast cancer and rally communities to join the fight. We need elected officials to fully fund programs that allow all eligible women to get the cancer screenings they need and treatment they deserve. The American Cancer Society, in collaboration with its nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, works hard to keep breast cancer funding a top priority for our nation’s lawmakers. Thanks in large part to donations from the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events, our advocacy efforts are affecting many of the laws that govern what options are available for people battling cancer.

But there is more work to be done. Walk with us - and help create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. For more information about how you can use your voice to help fight breast cancer, call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit ACS CAN at

Thank you to our donors who have made the efforts of the American Cancer Society possible.  Thank you also for your continuing support in the fight against breast cancer.


Strides - pink folks
Strides - pink folks

It was a dark and stormy May morning at Portland's Rose Quarter where the 3,500 walkers slowly trickled in. Groggy from the gray skies and lack of caffeine, walkers filled the Rose Quarter commons area. After a little coffee, and a VooDoo donut or 2, folks started to perk up. Everyone gathered in front of the stage and listened to the story of a courageous 2-time cancer survivor. Just 5 months ago, she was told she had 5 months to live, and last weekend she won a body building competition! Incredible!  The participants then took to the streets for the 5-mile urban adventure. Some people walked for the their mom, their wife, their sister, a loved one or a friend who they have lost to breast cancer. Others rallied around a survivor, but everyone walked in honor and solidarity of all who have been affected by this terrible disease. It was an inspirational morning filled with hope and joy! With your help, we've raised over $130,000 to date! We are still short of our goal, but we have until August 31st to meet that goal. It's crucial we continue to raise money to fund our free patient service programs and services here in Oregon and SW Washington and around the country.  All of us have been affected by breast cancer in some way.  And we all have the power to make a difference in the fight against the disease.  That's why each of the women that participated in the walk this year, along with 500,000 other passionate supporters, walk in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer each year -- to help achieve a future where breast cancer no longer threatens those we love.  Making Strides is more than just a walk -- it describes the progress we're making together to defeat this disease.  We need to make sure access to mammograms is a right, not a privilege and keep as many people as possible free of cancer. Thank you for your donation(s) and your continuing support. Together we are Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

Strides - This ones for you
Strides - This ones for you

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American Cancer Society Great West Division

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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American Cancer Society Great West Division
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Tia Herrejon
Portland, OR United States

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