MARIETTA, GA (October 16, 2012) – Over 1,000 participants, including hundreds of breast cancer survivors, are signed up to participate in the American Cancer Society’s 1st Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk/run in Cobb County on Saturday, October 27. There are over 150 teams of walkers and 200 runners registered to date, who will begin and finish their 5K walk and run on the historic Marietta Square.
Speakers at the inspirational opening ceremony will include Marietta Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin and Paula Mohan, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society and operating officer for the Society’s South Atlantic Division. Performers will include Kristopher Thiab and Marietta’s own Wesley Cook.
“We are very excited to have so many people and teams registered to participate in our first Making Strides Against Cancer event in Cobb County,” said CJ Jimerson, the Society’s manager of the event. “Breast cancer affects women everywhere, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer helps raise funds and awareness to fight the disease. We urge everyone in Cobb and surrounding counties to join us on the Marietta Square on Saturday morning, October 27, and literally ‘Make Strides’ against breast cancer. With your help, we can save more lives and create more birthdays for all women.”
Sponsors of the Marietta event include Athena, Chevy, Dow Chemical, Northwest Exterminating, RaceTrac, UPS and Wellstar.
The Marietta event is one of two Making Strides taking place in metro Atlanta this year. Making Strides in downtown Atlanta was held on October 6 and will raise more than $1 million to fight breast cancer.
Registration for the Cobb Making Strides walk/run begins at 7 a.m., with an inspirational opening ceremony set for 7:45 a.m. The 5K run will get under way at 8:15 a.m., and the 5K walk will get started at 8:20 a.m.
It’s not too late to sign up to participate. Just go to www.makingstrideswalk.org.