Knoxville area residents are urged to add Sunday, October 21 to their calendars for the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at World’s Fair Park. Registration for this event begins at 1 p.m. and the walk starts at 3 p.m.


There is no cost to register; however, teams are encouraged to raise funds to support the Society’s life-saving mission. Sign up today at Join the conversation on social media at, or Twitter at @StridesKnox.


The 2018 walk is made possible in part by the generous support of many local businesses including Tennova Healthcare, Mortgage Investors Group, Advance Auto Parts, Food City, Vulcan Materials Company, and TIS Insurance Services.


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, with more than 1 million passionate participants supporting the noncompetitive three- to five-mile walks each year. Since 1993, more than 14 million supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide.


Dollars raised help the American Cancer Society (ACS) fund innovative breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk; and offer comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.


In 2017, ACS staff helped guide more than 40,000 cancer patients nationwide through every step of their journey as they moved through the health care system, including helping with insurance problems, referring them to ACS and other local services, assisting caregivers and addressing obstacles to care.


“Because of the determination of Making Strides supporters, the American Cancer Society is there for people in every community affected by breast cancer, whether they’re currently dealing with a diagnosis, may face one in the future, or will avoid it altogether because of education and risk reduction,” said Lea Bradley, community development manager for the ACS in Knoxville.


At each Strides event, communities embrace a bittersweet mix of purpose – celebrating survivorship and paying meaningful tributes to loved ones lost.


“From research to education, prevention to diagnosis and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer,” said Bradley.