American Cancer Society seeks to raise funds with car caravan, pep rally in place of usual walks
The American Cancer Society's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk transitioned to a car caravan this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The event called "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Rolling Pep Rally" brought together a caravan of cancer survivors and supporters to celebrate life and raise funds to help the nonprofit organization.
The car caravan took place in Edison with an additional rolling pep rally in Jersey City.
The goal of the event is to raise at least $250,000 for the American Cancer Society to help fund research, treatment and eventually find a cure.
Leaders of the pep rally say coronavirus has put breast cancer research at risk.
"We've had a lot of challenges this year at the American Cancer Society," says American Cancer Society Northeast Region Vice President Donna Gulotta. "A lot of our events were postponed or canceled or held virtually and unfortunately did not raise as much money as they would have if we were in person so we are facing some pretty severe cuts to cancer research."
Breast cancer death rates among women declined 40% from 1989 to 2016, largely due to improvements in early detection and treatment. Breast cancer, however, still remains the second most common type of cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
Those who came out to the event, including survivors, remind everyone of the importance in early detection.