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HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a local group hosted a kickoff party for their 2023 events.
Making Strides Against Cancer hosted a pre-month party on Thursday, September 7th at the US Hotel Tavern in Hollidaysburg. It’s all to support the local Making Strides event season with survivors, friends and supporters.
According to the Breast Cancer Organization, approximately 13% of U.S. women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 833.
This year’s Making Strides ambassador, a breast cancer survivor, shared her story for the first time.
“I didn’t realize how important it is to life as a survivor and the other side of cancer, to be able to tell the story, to be able to tell the success, to be able to share the victory with others,” says Lisa Masker, “Making Strides 2023 “, said the ambassador. “That really meant a lot to me.”
Masker joined Making Strides last year and says it was a great experience and a breath of fresh air. She is looking forward to sharing her awareness and running in this year’s 5K on Sunday, October 15th.
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According to the American Cancer Society, more than 290,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and there are over 4 million survivors in the United States