Indeed, to date, the American Cancer Society has invested about $86 million in research grants for breast cancer.
“We’ve played a role in nearly every major breast cancer breakthrough in recent history,” Austin said. “But we won’t stop until we finish the fight against this terrible disease.”
It’s not just the quest for a cure that fuels the American Cancer Society’s mission. They also simply help breast cancer patients during their treatment.
Last year they paired nearly 18,000 breast cancer patients with survivors. They also provided more than 16,500 car rides for patients to doctor appointments and assisted almost a million people who asked for help in some way. Since 1991, the ACS has aided nearly 4.3 million women by providing access to mammograms and lobbying government for more breast cancer research funding.
“Everyone who has ever walked in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or supported the event is making all this possible,” Austin said. “The progress we’re making is nothing short of remarkable.”
Jessica Baker put a human face on the cause. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Oddly enough, Baker works in cancer research.
“The irony of looking at tumors all day to knowing I had one growing in me made for an amazing year,” she said.
Baker is doing well now, after being treated at IU Health West.
“It makes you look at life differently, and makes everything more important,” she said of the experience.
She thanked everyone who organized and participated in Hendricks County’s Making Strides event.
“This is really what makes a difference to survivors like me,” Baker said. “There are good things that come out of cancer, and for me, being involved in events like this (is one).”