Liberty Park was turned pink this morning for the American Cancer Society’s 7th annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk. The event is held to raise money to help support breast cancer patients stay well, and to help fund early detection programs. Early detection in breast cancer is key to survival, as this is when it is most treatable. In the American Cancer Society’s press release on the event, they note that an expected 1100 Utahns will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 300 will die of the disease.
The Facebook page for Making StridesAgainst Breast Cancer – Salt Lake City posted after the walk “Amazing Walk every one. After having over 6000 participants when all is said and done we will raise over $240,000 in the fight against breast cancer. Thank you all so much and thank you to all of our amazing sponsors.”. They are still accepting donations online, which can be made towards a specific participant, to a team, or to the organization as a whole.
According to their page, since 1993 over $400 million has been raised in the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a life changing disease for anyone diagnosed, but can be especially dibilitating for single moms. As the sole provider for a household, taking time off from work for treatment, surgeries, and recovery can have a devastating financial impact. These moms, who are already dealing with the emotional and physical impact, can find themselves in an even more stressful situation. In addition to the American Cancer Society, there are many additional local resources available to help:
- Cancer Wellness House:The Cancer Wellness House has one promise: “To be an Emotionally Uplifting, Wellness Inspiring and Socially Engaging Sustainable Support System for People Living With Cancer and Their Families and Friends.” They offer different programs and support groups to help support those affected by cancer. Every Thursday, they offer a “Whole Body Laughter” class that is a blend of laughter, yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to help releive stress. They also have an upcoming “Spooktacular” Halloween Social coming up on October 24th. This event is being combined with their quarterly support group potluck. On October 30th, their Epiphany Project participants are meeting to share stories. Everyone in the Cancer Wellness House Community is invited to attend as an observer or presenter.
- Needs Beyond Medicine: Needs Beyond Medicine is designed to help relieve the financial burden cancer patients encounter after a diagnoses. “While the rest of life’s priorities come to a halt as soon as a cancer diagnosis is received, the day-to-day expenses of living don’t stop when a person goes through cancer treatment.” Cancer patients with good support groups have higher rates of survival, and because of this the program hopes to continue their assistance programs for years to come through donations received from individuals, businesses, and through grants. Donations can be made online and go directly toward the relief program.
- Utah Cancer Control Program: The Utah Cancer Control Program provides diagnostic services to underinsured low-income women under 40. They also work to teach healthcare professionals and others to help manage the barriers for care in cancer patients. To see if you qualify for services, you can call 1-800-717-1811.
- Jewish Family Services: Jewish Family Services is a nonprofit social services organization that serves members of all demoninations. Their program provides support for cancer survivors and their families and caretakers.
- The Rack Pack Foundation: The Christ Anderson Rack Pack Foundation provides “LoveHandles” care totes to all women fighting breast cancer. “These darling tote bags are full of comfort items, toiletries, jewelry, wristbands, things to do during chemo, uplifting thoughts, snacks and much more.” Their goal is to make sure nobody has to go through cancer treatment alone. In 2011, the Rack Pack’s Race for the Cure team was one of the top fundraisers. The foundation was formed because of Christi Anderson, a young woman diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 30. She tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2010, but not before completing many Race for the Cures, including the 3-day walk in Denver. You can help support The Rack Pack by sponsoring a tote bag or shopping for other items on their Shop/Donate page online.
- Susan G Komen For the Cure: Susan G Komen for the Cure Utah “seeks to ensure that all Utahns have access to breast cancer screening, treatment, and support services.” Through Race for the Cure and other fundraising events, Susan G Komen Utah puts at least 75% of their donations back into the community through community grant programs.
The most important thing to remember if you are diagnosed with breast cancer is that you are not alone. Reach out for help and get the assistance needed.
For more information:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Utah
Shop pink to support American Cancer Society
Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 2013 Race Information