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Fighting Cancer One Step at a Time



— February 15, 2018

Fighting Cancer One Step at a Time

  • Taking strides to fight cancer, one step at a time.

Angel Hyland had never crossed the finish line of a race before but that didn’t stop him from lacing up his sneakers to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in 2017.

Hyland, Distribution Supervisor at Nature’s Plus, lost his grandmother to breast cancer 20 years ago and felt inspired to take part in the annual charity walk to honor her memory; his daughter participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, walking with Hyland as a show of support.
“It touched me that she was supporting me in walking for the grandmother who died when [my daughter] was a baby,” Hyland recalls. “I wish I’d done it years ago.”
Hyland walked with coworkers, too. A group from Nature’s Plus— dubbed Team All Natural—walked together to show their support in the fight against breast cancer. The camaraderie made the five-mile walk feel like a stroll around the block.
“We were having such a good time that it didn’t feel like we walked five miles,” says Hyland.
Although it was fun, the event also had an impact on breast cancer research. That’s the main focus since an estimated 316,120 new cases of breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in 2017.
The American Cancer Society started hosting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in 1993. Since then, more than 13 million walkers have participated in the nationwide events, raising more than $810 million for breast cancer research, education and patient support. With more than 250 events nationwide, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation.
“[The walks] celebrate survivorship, pay meaningful tribute to loved ones lost, and rally collective determination to fight for a world without breast cancer,” says Susan Petre, vice president of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. “Each walk and each person involved proves that with our collective power, we can make the greatest impact.”
Participating allows walkers to stand up to a disease that affects too many loved ones and demonstrates

Three members of Team All Natural— Liz Mendoza, Ana Silva, and Santos Rivera—on the boardwalk at Long Island’s Jones Beach State Park.

community support for eradicating breast cancer, according to Petre. The community spirit at the event was such an inspiration for Hyland that he’s already planning to participate with Team All Natural again in 2018.
“It was a great experience to see how many people actually care about fighting the disease,” he says. “It was a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again.”
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