I have been a proud board member, and current Co-Chair for the local American Cancer Society for the past 5 years. The cause personally means so much to me as my grandpa passed away from lung cancer and I have had several friends and their children recently diagnosed, so I will continue to advocate the importance to help fight for a word without cancer. If you are looking for a place to volunteer, The American Cancer Society is a global grass root charity of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving and celebrating lives. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle.
Anyone can help support the cause and fund local programs and groundbreaking life-saving research by participating in our Making Strides Las Vegas walk on October 28 at Red Rock Resort & Casino. Our national presenting sponsor is Avon, and also include local flagship sponsors: Station Casinos, Red Rock, Caesars Entertainment, Smith’s Food & Drug, Molly’s Gaming & Spirits and OptumCare Cancer Care. Registration opens at 7am, with the program beginning at 8am. This inspirational family friendly cause event includes kid’s activities, photo opportunities with a big pink chair, Survivor VIP area with activities, pre-walk warmup and entertainment. Last year, we proudly had more than 26,000 supporters and raised $700,000.
Cancer touches everyone and the need to continue to create awareness, support, and cancer fighting research. “When I was in the second grade, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was only 37 years old. I did not fully grasp the severity of our situation until a few weeks later when I heard my mom crying behind a closed bathroom door. I had never heard or seen her cry. My mom was the strongest person I have ever met, so for her to break down was a serious wake up call. After a Mastectomy of her left breast and chemotherapy, my mom celebrated remission for almost 15 years, tearfully says, Amanda Klein, Co-Chair, American Cancer Society. “In that time, she helped other patients in their fight. She would sit and listen to what they were going through and could offer understanding and support. She raised money for cancer research. She walked, she ran, and she wore pink ribbons. Despite all her efforts, in 2005 the cancer came back this time, it had spread to her lymph nodes. In 2009 after more radiation and chemo therapy my mom lost her battle with this terrible disease. But I continue her fight by advocating for cancer research.”
Additionally, we also encourage men to participate the fight against cancer with our REAL MEN WEAR PINK campaign. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, an estimated 266,120 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 40,920 will die from the disease this year. In Nevada, over nearly 2,200 women will be diagnosed this year, and 390 are expected to die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer.
Over a dozen local business and community leaders will unite to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society as ambassadors who will encourage community members to take action in the fight against breast cancer. Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among his peers by the end of the campaign. A few of the 13 notables from the Las Vegas business community, including Dr. David Steinberg from the Steinberg Diagnostic Imaging centers; Philip Knott, Tivoli Village; Don Giancursio of United Healthcare; Aaron Rosenthal from Tropicana, Las Vegas; Farhan Naqvi, Farhan Injury Law; Craig Kirkland, Nevada State Bank; William Jordan , OptumCare Cancer Ce; Chris Gellne
esta Rancho; Howard Sheppard, Community Ambulance; Chuck Esposito, Sunset Station; and Gerard Ramahlo, anchor at NBC 3/CW .
“In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer, these men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle and save more lives from breast cancer,” said Allen Oakley, Community Development Director for the American Cancer Society. “Funds raised help us save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”
For more information about the events and information, visit cancer.org.
Making Strides of Las Vegas
Date: October 28, 2018
Time: Check-in and Registration opens at 7am, Program begins at 8am, walk starts at 830am
Highlights: Family friendly, kid’s activities, photo opportunities with big pink chair, Survivor VIP area with activities, pre-walk warmup and entertainment. 2017 brought 26,000 people and raised $700,000.
Why: Funds local programs and services and groundbreaking life-saving research into new treatments and cures.
by Jennifer Bradley, Board Co-Chair