Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer walk returns to Coney Island
The annual Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer 5K walk took place on the Coney Island boardwalk on Sunday.
After being unable to walk together in person last year due to the pandemic, participants said this year’s event was extra special.
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Breast cancer has recently become the most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Cancer survivor Nitisha Moore, a participant of the walk, shared a message to everyone about getting regular screenings.
"One in every eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and so we want to be reminded about the fact that early detection saves lives,” she said.
The American Cancer Society estimated it raised nearly $500,000 at Sunday’s walk. This money funds research and resources that some people attribute their survival to.
For the caretakers, survivors and advocates who could not make it out in person, the Making Strides app provides an at home 5K walk experience for those wanting to join from anywhere.