Dragons host breast cancer walk Saturday

FILE - This photo shows the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 2015. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Dragons are hosting a walk to raise money to fight breast cancer.

The 2016 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will take place at Fifth Third Field on Saturday, October 15.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:00 a.m.

The event is part of a national fundraising effort.  The Dayton Dragons say in 2015 over 1 million walkers across the country collected more than $60 million to help fight this disease.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between ages 40 and 55.  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and it is estimated that over 40,000 lives will be lost to breast cancer in 2016.  And while the breast cancer diagnosis rate has increased, there has been a steady drop in the overall breast cancer death rate since the early 1990’s.

The Dragons say donations go directly to the support, transportation, recovery and other needs that arise with the diagnosis of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society also invests in groundbreaking breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find and treat the disease.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The Dragons website has gone pink in October in support of efforts by Kettering Health Network to increase Breast Cancer awareness in the Miami Valley.

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