For breast cancer survivors and their families, pink is the color of courage. Close to 1, 400 guests joined friends and loved ones on Tuesday morning, to celebrate the kickoff breakfast for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The annual breakfast was held at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, and hosted by Lori Stokes, of WABC-TV.

Guest speakers like Sheila Slaughter, a three year cancer survivor, talked about the importance of early screening and the support that the American Cancer Society offered her during her time of need.

“I stand here before you because the American Cancer Society, my friends, family and co-workers were willing to support me when I didn’t have the strength to fight,” Slaughter said. “I’m the personal story that is the product of all your hard work, donations, and time.”
Slaughter was one of many survivors, who are now sharing their stories, and reaching out to help others.

Even under these challenging economic times, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has set a goal to raise $3 million during their annual walk. The event is held on the third Sunday in October, and this year it will be on October 18. Last year, the event raised $2.5 million.

Much of the money raised, is used to fund programs, research and support, as well as free screenings for women without access to healthcare.

“Time and time again it has been proven that early screening saves lives,” said Sophia Gaines, who serves as director for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Central Park, and as director of income development for the American Cancer Society.

For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer visit them online at www.cancer.org