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12,000 RICHMOND AREA RESIDENTS RAISED OVER $400,000 TO HELP MAKE STRIDES TO END BREAST CANCER

RICHMOND, Va. (October 2, 2011) – Today, the American Cancer Society announced that more than $400,000 was raised at its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event on Oct. 2 at Brown’s Island. More than 12,000 dedicated community members participated in this inspirational 5K walk to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about the disease and raise funds and awareness to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Every step taken and dollar raised will help the American Cancer Society to find cures and support programs and services for those facing the disease.

The money raised through Making Strides helps the American Cancer Society make strides to end breast cancer and save lives by helping people stay well by taking steps to reduce breast cancer risk or find it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a breast cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat breast cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Sponsors of Richmond’s Making Strides event include: SunTrust, Dominion Virginia Power, Pepsi, CarMax, Kroger, IBEW (The Electrical Team), WRIC 8News, Lite 98, Radio One Richmond, Lamar Outdoor and Richmond Family Magazine.

It is not too late to make a donation to Richmond’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and help reach the $500,000 goal. Donate at www.StridesRichmond.org to help the Society continue saving lives and making strides to end breast cancer. Donations can be made in person or mailed to the Innsbrook office at 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23228.  For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. For cancer news in your community, visit www.sacancernews.org.

From: Domenick Casuccio, American Cancer Society

(804) 527-3735

Domenick.Casuccio@cancer.org

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