Awareness to fight breast cancer will be taking place on October 19 at Richland Carrousel Park. American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” will be holding a 5K walk that will be opened to the entire public.

This will be the second year that the event has occurred in Mansfield. “In 2012, we raised $38,000 and we had 47 teams with 637 participants. It was a great first year,” said Joelle Kluck of the American Cancer Society staff, a partner for the Mansfield Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

So far this year, the committee has been reaching out to communities for their support. “We have been hard at work reaching out to Mansfield and the surrounding communities. On August 20, we hosted our kickoff breakfast where there were 32 team leaders that gathered to receive more information about the event,” said Kluck.

“Making Strides” brings attention to the brave survivors of breast cancer. Participants who have conquered the disease, may stop by the Survivor Tent. At the Survivor Tent, there will be information provided and there will also be gifts available for survivors, but each survivor is limited to one gift. The gifts that are provided come from the Flagship Sponsors, which include MedCentral Health System and Graham Chevrolet Cadillac.

All participants of the event can register at the location the morning of the walk from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/mansfield. The online registration will close Friday, October 18 at 8 a.m., however donations can be made online at any time.

Wheelchairs, wagons, strollers, and walkers are encouraged but bicycles and pets are not permitted to participate in the walk. A limited number of event t-shirts will be available for $15, too. 

Information regarding parking concerns will be released leading up to the event. Once the walk is complete, participants are welcomed to the Richland Carrousel Park for refreshment and a snack.

Mindy McKenzie was born and raised in Shelby. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in professional writing. Mindy is a Staff Reporter at Richland Source.