Breast cancer is a scourge that has affected nearly everyone on the planet, whether directly or indirectly. On Sunday, October 27th, The New Century School, represented by Team TNCS, joined the walk to raise money for breast cancer research as part of an ongoing commitment to our school, Baltimore, and global communities. The event had 6,000 walkers and raised $400,000 and counting. Our team pledged to raise $5,000 of that number and we’ve raised just over half of our targeted amount so far.
Held at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Y at Stadium Place, the event was inspirational on so many levels. Seeing so many survivors taking part, looking hale and hearty, and beaming with happiness reduced scores of participants to tears. Baltimore was a sea of pink along the 4-mile trail. Even the weather seemed determined to cooperate—walkers could not have asked for a more pleasant day of warmth and sunshine.
Did You Know?*
- In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among U.S. women and 2,240 in U.S. men (and an estimated 64,640 additional cases of in situ breast cancer).
- Approximately 39,620 U.S. women and 410 U.S. men are expected to die from breast cancer in 2013.
- Breast cancer is the second deadliest cancer for women (only lung cancer accounts for more).
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- The most significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are being female and getting older.
- One case of breast cancer is diagnosed every 2 minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the United States.
- Only 53% of U.S. women 40 and older reported having a mammogram in the last year.
. . . And the Good News*
- There are 2.9 million breast cancer survivors alive in the United States today—the largest group of all cancer survivors.
- About 80%–90% of breast cancers in U.S. women without symptoms will be detected by mammography.
*Statistics collected from the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
It’s not too late to donate, folks. Click here to show your support for this worthiest of causes. (Note: Click on “sign up,” then “join a team,” and then search the team name “TNCS.”)