Making sure Making Strides keeps cancer research going

With Boca’s virtual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer coming up in October, organizers are asking supporters to literally step up now.

Here’s what you need to know from Julia Aquino, event chair, and Arleen Uria Speed, executive director, American Cancer Society Southeast Florida

Q: How are you handling the Boca fundraiser this year since the annual walk can’t happen because of Covid?

A/AUS: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Palm Beach County will be virtual 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 31 from BRIC, Boca Raton Innovation Campus. https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR?pg=entry&fr_id=98106

Q: What do you want supporters to do now and what are their options?

A/JA: They can register. They can join a team. Start a team or donate. With a team, you have multiple people fundraising. They can also create their own mini-walks.

A/AUR: If they video themselves, they can send it to southpalmflstrides@cancer.org We will post it on our social media. We encourage participants to get support for their walks through donations. They can send out emails from the website to solicit donations. Whatever they choose, they have to register.

Q: This is a Facebook Live event. What do you envision people will see that morning?

A/JA: There will be a pink car parade. They will get to dress up their cars and it’s a safe way for us to come there. Registered team members and survivors will be chosen in advance. We will have live music, car photo stations and a chance for sponsors to provide chatkahs [giveaway items] to place in the car trunks.

Q: Why is it so important to support breast cancer research and awareness now?

A/JA: We can’t get across how important it is to continue this fight. Cancer hasn’t stopped. This is not only our moment, but our movement.

A/AUS: We can’t allow progress to be put on hold because of Covid-19. What’s at risk is that millions of dollars in breast cancer research could go unfunded.

Q: Do you want to mention your sponsors?

A/AUS: Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the presenting sponsor. Gunther Volkswagen in Delray Beach is a new sponsor. Other major sponsors are West Boca Medical Center, Boca Magazine, Modernizing Medicine and Barrel of Monks Brewing. There’s a list of all our sponsors on our website. The national sponsor is AVON.

By Marci Shatzman

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