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Thousands expected in walk to raise breast cancer awareness at Balboa Park

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego, the American Cancer Society’s

The 2009 Making Strides walk at Balboa Park to raise breast cancer awareness.

Making Strides program will host its 13th annual 4-mile walk to raise awareness for breast cancer – the most common form of cancer effecting women in the U.S.

It’s the largest one-day event put on by the America Cancer Society for breast cancer. Last year, 23,000 people participated in San Diego’s walk. The goal is to raise close to $1 million.

“It’s a great opportunity to educate the community on prevention and early detection,” said spokesperson Jennifer Berg.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, and registration for the event is free. Sign up is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the corner of 6th Avenue and Juniper Street, with the walk starting at 8:30 a.m.

According to the Making Strides website, nearly 700,000 people walked in the nation-wide event last year, raising not only awareness, but also $60 million.

The first Making Strides walk happened in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts. In that same year, the American Cancer Society founded Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which promotes mammography – a way of diagnosing breast cancer early on when it’s best treatable. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends the screening every two years for women ages 50 to 74.

For a list of upcoming breast cancer awareness events in San Diego, click this link.

For more information regarding Sunday’s walk at Balboa Park, see below:

The route (according to the Making Strides website) begins at Laurel Street at Balboa Drive, crossing over the Cabrillo Bridge through El Prado and on past the museums and the Organ Pavilion. From there, it turns left at Presidents Way and right onto the southbound lanes of Park Boulevard. The route then turns right, entering the northbound 163 Freeway and exiting onto Robinson, where it turns left into Sixth Avenue, and re-enters the park through Balboa Park Drive toward the finish line.

Parking: You may park in the parking lot on Presidents Way and Park Boulevard, where there will be a shuttle service to the registration site. Also, metered parking is free in the surrounding streets on Sundays.

For more information, call: 619.682.7445

Thumbnail by Jason Meredith via Flickr.

Courtesy photo from the American Cancer Society.


  1. Dylan

    October 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

  2. cristal

    October 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    yay! im going to the walk 😀

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