American Cancer Society’s “Making Stride”, Breast Cancer Awareness

Pole For A Cause™ To Contribute To American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides”

Pole For A Cause™ heralded by Pole Spin Magazine, used it’s celebratory Oct-Dec 2011 one year issue to pay tribute to cancer survivors worldwide and highlighted philanthropist Leah Grafton and Jenna Morasca who have dedicated their lives to caring for others. Jenna lost her mother to breast cancer a few years ago. A Portion of the proceeds of the special edition issue sold, (accompanied by a 18×24 poster of The Awareness Issue at the American Pole Fitness Championships) will be donated to the American Cancer Society (details below), The organization has graciously accepted and recognized Pole Spin magazine’s mission and contributions to their causes through pole sport. This issue features cancer survivors Claire Summers (UK), Naomi Poland (Australia) and Sasha Norman’s mother.

Pink Represents the Fight Against Breast Cancer, Green Represents your Generosity

New York, NY (10/16/2011) – This coming Sunday, tens of thousands of New York City residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® 5K non-competitive walk to help create a world where more pink means more lives saved. The area’s largest breast cancer awareness month event united 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 walk and the dollars raised from it go a long way and help to support the Society’s efforts to help people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back against breast cancer.

Even during these uncertain economic times, the Society hopes to establish a world with more pink for your green. Your donation goes a long way and will help the Society raise funds and awareness to help end this disease. Dollars raised will help women get access to mammograms, provide free resources and support for patients and their caregivers, and even help someone with breast cancer find a ride to treatment or a free place to stay during treatment.
No one knows how vital those services are more than Kara Skaflestad, who benefited the Society’s patient navigation program and informational website-

“When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you don’t know what your next step should be. There’s no magic ‘to-do’ list,” says Kara of her shocking stage 4 diagnosis. “When I really wanted to find answers and then learn how to help others, it was the American Cancer Society that really came to my rescue.”
“And now that I’ve beaten this disease, they’ve made me feel proud to be a survivor,” Kara continues.

The patient navigation program and are just two ways that the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays in New York City. The Society helps people stay well by supporting the New York State Cancer Services Program that offers low and no-cost cancer screenings, and it helps people get well by providing free lodging to patients who need treatment in NYC but live far away. The Society also grants $117 million to fund cancer research at various academic and medical institutions including $14 million in New York State institutions such as Columbia University, New York University and the University of Rochester.
“Unfortunately we all know someone who has been affected by cancer,” said Tania Kirkman, senior director with the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey. “We are so thankful for how this community has pulled together to ensure that we can continue to serve breast cancer patients and their families here in New York City.”

This year, Central Park’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is one of more than 200 held across the country including 30 in New York. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight cancer on all fronts. Over time, the Society has invested more in breast cancer research than any other voluntary public health organization, spending more on breast cancer research. The American Cancer Society has funded over $352 million in breast cancer research. As a result, more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors will celebrate a birthday this year.
Last year, 35,000 walkers raised $2.5 million at the Central Park walk. Sponsors of this year’s Central Park Making Strides event include: Mutual of America, BNY Mellon, Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., PWC, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, UFT, and EmblemHealth.
It is not too late or too early to make a donation to Central Park’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Visit to help the Society continue making strides towards a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit

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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 about $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

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