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Local Breast Cancer survivors, supporters walk to find a cure

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Sunday morning.

Four-thousand breast cancer survivors and supporters were on hand at the Masonic Home, in Utica, for the 2.5 mile walk, in order to help raise funds to research potential cures.

The goal of today's event was to promote less cancer, and more birthdays.

This walk was just 1 of 300 held all across the country from the 2nd largest fundraiser for cancer research.

Currently, statistics from the ACS show that more than 232,000 women in the U.S. Will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and that out of those, 40,000 will die.

In Utica, the Making Strides organization is attempting to lower those numbers each year by holding these events.

"We have programs right here in Utica, New York, that support local women, such as rides to treatment, and a wig program," said Melissa Kehler, Making Strides Walk Director. "We have an 800 number people can call for any questions or concerns they have, and the cancer society can help them with."

From today's walk alone, $225,000 were raised to go towards those resources and furthering research.

To contact the ACS, you can call 1-800-227-2345 or call the Mohawk Valley Cancer Services at (315)798-5248 to see if you are eligible for a free mammogram.

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