Rock County Residents Set To Help Fight Breast Cancer

Posted Monday, October 3, 2011 --- 2:00 p.m.

Press Release:

Janesville, WI, September 16, 2011– On October 15th, residents of Rock County will join together in Palmer Park for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to help create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. The Society is encouraging women to choose to put their personal breast health first to stay well and reduce their risk of breast cancer. This noncompetitive event will unite the entire community to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early and raise funds to end the disease. The event and the dollars raised from it support the Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back against breast cancer.

No one knows how vital those services are more than Kerry Swanson, president of St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, who will have many patients utilize the Society’s programs. “The Road to Recovery program is just one way that the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays in Wisconsin. The Society helps people stay well by funding early detection efforts and it helps people get well by providing drivers, in the Road to Recovery program, who take patients to and from treatments.”

Other Society programs include Hope Lodge, Patient Navigators and 24/7 access to cancer information and help. The Society is also currently funding $11 million in the Midwest for research at various academic and medical institutions.

“Cancer does not go away in tough economic times,” said Swanson. “It is one of the many reasons we chose to sponsor this event. We are so thankful that this community is pulling together to encourage women to fight breast cancer and save lives.”

This year, Rock County’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be one of more than 200 held across the country Making Strides Against Breast Cancer supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or finding it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. Over time, the Society has invested more in breast cancer research than any other voluntary public health organization, spending more on breast cancer research and investing more than $418.7 million in breast cancer research grants since 1971. As a result, more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year.

Sponsors of this year’s Rock County Making Strides event include: St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, Dean Clinics and SSI Technologies.

It is not too late to make a donation or form a team for Rock County’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Visit to help the Society continue making strides and saving lives. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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