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Making Strides run/walk raises thousands to help fight breast cancer

More than 10,000 people participated Saturday in a 5K walk/run at the Outer Harbor to raise money to fight breast cancer.

Participants raised $450,000 for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser. Proceeds will help fund research into the causes, prevention and treatments for breast cancer. It also will be used to provide patients with free rides to chemotherapy treatments and places to stay near hospitals, as well as a 24-hour-a-day cancer helpline.

"The Saturday event was a moving example how – united – we can make huge progress toward a world without breast cancer," said Krystina Burow, manager of community development for the American Cancer Society.

Since 1989, breast cancer death rates have declined 39%. Other than cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

Donations are still being accepted for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Buffalo at makingstrideswalk.org/buffalo.

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