Hope starts in our community
In a sea of pink, thousands came for the same purpose: to join the fight against breast cancer and to show support for those affected by it. 2008 is the 5th year Alliance Credit Union has participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk but it was the first year the city of San Jose hosted the event. Between the walks in San Francisco and San Jose, there were over 25,000 participants who helped raise $1.3 million for the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research and support.
Our community involvement group, Alliance Helping Hands, along with the support of staff, family and friends, raised over $3,000 for the event—more than any previous year! Numerous Alliance employees showed their support by wearing pink every Wednesday for 8 weeks leading up to the event but it wasn’t until the day of the event when many realized how important this cause really is.
In this year alone, over 180,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the US and over 40,000 will lose the fight. We hear the numbers about one thing or another everyday, but they don’t always tell the full story. But this day, October 25th, 2008, we saw the reality behind those numbers— those who are fighting the battle, those who have lost their loved ones and walk in their memory and those who have survived the fight and were reminded they’re not alone in the battle. It was an incredible day that reminded everyone that there is hope and hope starts in our community with people coming together to make a difference.
Please visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline to learn more about Making Strides and how you can get involved.
*Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society