Posted at: 10/20/2013 12:35 PM
| Updated at: 10/20/2013 9:10 PM
By: Cadence Acquaviva
Over 17,000 local breast cancer survivors, volunteers and community members participated in this year's 5k walk and hope to raise $1M in the fight against breast cancer.
The annual Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk stepped off at noon from Washington Park in Albany Sunday.
The noncompetitive event raises awareness and funds to help end breast cancer by supporting the Society's efforts to find cures and support programs and services for those fighting the disease.
More than 232,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. Funds raised will enable the American Cancer Society invest in research and provide free resources and support for those diagnosed.
Albany's Making Strides walk is one of nearly 300 events held across the country this year.