2020 version of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer : A drive-thru event

American Cancer Society comes up with a different way to keep the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising event take place during COVID.

Posted: Oct 18, 2020 2:58 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 11:24 AM

New Hartford, N.Y. - The American Cancer Society teamed up with Sangertown Square in New Hartford on Sunday to hold a reimagined 2020 version of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

A drive-thru event was held in the back parking lot near Boscov's.

American Cancer Society Community Development Manager Robert Elinskas says a drive through event made perfect sense this year during COVID, "Usually we have the big walk over at Masonic Care Community and because of the pandemic we’re not able to do that this year so we decided to reimagine it and we’re having it is a drive through event of this year."

Among the crowd this year, Penny Ford of Boonville and a number of her family members.

Ford is a 25 year survivor of breast cancer, "They’ve been walking with me every year. This is brand new for us to do the drive through, awesome experience."

Elinskas says the expectation as far as money raised has obviously gone down this year, but the need for funding to help local people stricken with breast cancer is still there, "Our goals are a little bit reduced because just the nature of the year, but we're still trying to raise as much as we can to try to keep our research and other types of patient support programs going into next year. And right now we're facing a big deficit so anybody that can support the fight against breast cancer by making a donation, it's never too late. You can go online and make one even after the event is over with."

Here's a link to donate : https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=97719

Elinskas also wants people to know that there is help out there for people and families stricken with breast cancer, "If anyone out there is facing a battle with breast cancer, we're here to support them. We are available 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345 or cancer.org and take advantage of the local programs and services."

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