Breast cancer survivors, local businesses and community members will unite to share their stories at an inspirational kickoff for the annual metro Atlanta American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. These noncompetitive, inspirational events raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer and provide hope to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone.

Kick off events will take place for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Cobb County on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Last year, 20,000 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants raised more than $1.3 million in metro Atlanta for the American Cancer Society to invest in groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Since 1993, more than 14 million Making Strides Against Breast Cancer supporters have raised more than $870 million nationwide. Today, walks are held in more than 200 U.S. communities.

To learn more, visit makingstrideswalk.org or call 800-227-2345.

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