Survivors, supporters, donors, grievers and volunteers walked three miles through the St. Cloud State campus Oct. 15 in a demonstration of support for breast cancer research and programs.

At publication time, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central Minnesota walk had raised more than $73,000 for the American Cancer Society. That total is expected to rise as walk-day gifts are tallied.

In 2015, local walkers and donors raised $96,000. This year’s goal was $100,000.

This is the eight year Central Minnesotans have walked together to fund #MoreBirthdays.

The walk is a celebration of survival and an expression of shared determination that this will be breast cancer’s last century. Since 1993, more than 12 million walkers across the United States have raised more than $750 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides events.

In 2015 alone, 1.4 million walkers across the country raised more than $60 million to help finish the fight against breast cancer.

Among the many

Who will you recognize at today’s 2016 Making Strides fundraising walk for breast cancer research and programs?

Among the many participating St. Cloud State folk were Ashish Vaidya, interim president, and St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis ’89. Among the walk-support volunteers were students from Professor Teresa Heck’s HLTH 425 Community Health Event Planning class.

The society’s 2015 breast cancer estimates: 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 deaths.

This year’s honorary survivor was Margaret Potter, daughter of the late President Earl H. Potter III. She is a data scientist in Minneapolis.

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