Congratulations to the American Cancer Society (ACS) of the South Nature Coast of Florida (serving Pasco, Hernando & Citrus counties), which hosted another amazing “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pasco” event at the Shops at Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel on October 24, near the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Blessed with beautiful weather again, ACS South Nature Coast senior market manager Robyn Liska says the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Making Strides walk between the Wiregrass Mall and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel again attracted an estimated 5,000 people, including more than 1,250 registered participants on 176 teams, who were expected to raise more than $175,000. Whether they walked in memory of someone who lost their battle with breast cancer or in honor of someone still fighting the good fight, there’s no doubt that the sea of people dressed in pink were moved, inspired and entertained all morning and were joined together by being touched by this dreaded illness.
The top fund-raising team at this year’s Making Strides of Pasco event, by far, was the “Clerks for a Cure” squad, which raised more than $16,000, although four other teams raised between $5,000-$8,000 each. The largest team was the 53-member “Boobalicious” squad (who participated together in memory of Janet Walker, who lost her battle earlier this year), although several other teams also had at least 30 members each.
According to ACS’s website, Cancer.org, “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight.”