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Northwest Ohioans Can Help The American Cancer Society Create a World with Less Breast Cancer and More Birthdays

NORTHWEST OHIOANS CAN HELP THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CREATE A WORLD
WITH LESS BREAST CANCER AND MORE BIRTHDAYS

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Is A Mother’s Day Weekend Tradition at Levis Commons

PERRYSBURG, OH (April 23, 2014) – An estimated 6,000 Northwest Ohio residents will join together at The Town Center at Levis Commons on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The non-competitive 5K walk unites the community in an effort to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk, and to raise funds for research and treatment. 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has raised over $450 million nationally with 8 million walkers across the country. 2014 marks the 8th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event in Northwest Ohio which has raised just over $500,000 since its inaugural year. The 2014 goal for MSABC is to raise $126,000 locally to support the ACS mission to save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back against breast cancer.

Sponsors of this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Northwest Ohio event include: The University of Toledo Medical Center, Kroger, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Citizen Advisory Group, The Town Center at Levis Commons, Welch Publishing, 13 ABC, 101.5 The River and 92.5 Kiss FM.  Without generous support from corporate partners the event could not grow in numbers each year.

Participants of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will enjoy a wide range of entertainment and activities as they walk the 3.1 mile route through Levis Commons. From performances by the Perrysburg High School Marching Band and the Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates to face painting, a photo booth and strolling mascots, there will be plenty of fun for walkers of all ages. Additionally, many Levis Commons businesses offer discounts and incentives during the event including this year’s grand prize donated by C Sterling Jewelers, a raffle for a Pandora bracelet valued at over $900!

There is a special emphasis at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on celebrating and showing support for people who have been victorious in their fight against breast cancer. Survivors are invited to a “Survivor Tent” at the walk where they receive an honorary recognition item and are pampered with free chair massages. Survivors are also encouraged to participate in a “Survivor Strut” which takes place on the main stage immediately prior to the start of the walk. New on the agenda for 2014 is a Survivor Pancake Breakfast at Bar Louie on Saturday, May 10 from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  For just $10 per person and FREE for survivors, event participants are invited to fill up with a classic breakfast and camaraderie before, during or after the walk.

Event Schedule – Saturday, May 10th

7:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Survivor Pancake Breakfast
(inside Bar Louie)


8:30 a.m.   Registration
(near AT&T and Bar Louie)


9:00 a.m.   Opening Ceremony
(on stage near Bar Louie)


9:15 a.m.   Survivor Strut
(on stage near Bar Louie)


9:20 a.m.   Zumba Warm-Up
(on stage near Bar Louie)


9:30 a.m.   Walk Begins
(near Bar Louie)


8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Merchandise Tent
(near Shoe Dept. )


8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Survivor & Education Tent
(near Bar Louie and Stride Rite)

Visit makingstrideswalk.org/nwohio to help the American Cancer Society make strides against breast cancer by signing up to walk or make a donation. For more information about the walk, contact your local American Cancer Society staff partner, Marcia Clark, at 1.800.227.6446 ext. 5211 or marcia.clark@cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer.  As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.  We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.  As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do.  As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year.  To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.

About the Town Center at Levis Commons:
The Town Center at Levis Commons is a 319,000 square foot open-air lifestyle center offering a collection of national, regional and local specialty merchants.  The center contains over 60,000 square feet of Class-A office space featuring views of The Town Center and unparalleled regional access via I-475, I-75 and the surrounding freeways.  The developer, Hill Partners, Inc., based in Charlotte, N.C., is responsible for merchandising, retail leasing and management of the center.  Reichle Klein is handling the office leasing responsibilities.


MEDIA NOTES:

Representatives from the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event Committee, and Breast Cancer Survivors are available for interview in regards to the event.
Please contact Casey Pogan at 419-931-8888 to arrange an interview or for specific media requests.