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Making Strides of Chicago

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Registration: 8:00 a.m. Walk: 10:00 a.m.

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Soldier Field
1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL Map it

527 teams and 4,775 participants have raised $388,850.20

Total above may not reflect all participants, teams, and donations

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship - an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer's last century.

Registration for the walk is FREE.  We encourage you and your team to collect donations to help us serve breast cancer patients and their families. Registration continues through the day of the walk.  

    Walk Day - Everything You Need To Know

There are only 5 Days until the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chicago 5K Walk.  We are so excited to see you on Saturday, October 22nd at Soldier Field. Please let your friends, family, and others in your network know that they can register all the way through the day of event.  You can continue to collect donations.  Turn them in on the day of the event. We do encourage you to use the FUNdraising app (search American Cancer Society in the app store). Also just a friendly reminder that pets, skateboards, and bicycles are not permitted at the event, and no solicitation is allowed. 


There are only 5 Days until the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chicago 5K Walk.  We are so excited to see you on Saturday, October 22nd at Soldier Field. Please let your friends, family, and others in your network know that they can register all the way through the day of event.  You can continue to collect donations.  Turn them in on the day of the event. We do encourage you to use the FUNdraising app (search American Cancer Society in the app store). Also just a friendly reminder that pets, skateboards, and bicycles are not permitted at the event, and no solicitation is allowed. Below is information to help you prepare for the day.

SURVIVORS, NEWLY DIAGNOSED, META-VIVERS, CAREGIVERS:  This is a day of encouragement and celebration for you.  Please stop by the Survivor Tent on walk day for your Survivor Sash, pink hair extensions, massages, gifts, and more.  Caregivers, this year, right next door, we also have the Caregiver Tent with a photobooth and other treats.  

REGISTRATION / CHECK-IN:  All participants can register online or on the day of the event.   On walk day, every walker and participant must have a wristband to confirm registration and waiver completion. You’ll receive your wristband when you check in/register.   For children ages, 5 and up, complete the registration form attached HERE and bring on walk day with parent/guardian signature.

DONATIONS: Donations may be turned in on the day of the walk at our two accounting areas or at any of the registration areas.  You may mail checks before or after the event to: American Cancer Society, ATTN: MSABC Chicago, 225 Michigan Avenue, Chicago , IL 60601. Donations may be received and credited to your 2016 team through December 31, 2016.

DOLLA HOLLA CHALLENGE: Donate $1 on the day of the event.  For each $1 donated, you’ll be entered to win a Southwest Airlines and Hilton Hotel Package for 2. Look for the volunteers with pink buckets and balloons. The winner will be announced about 11:35 am during the closing ceremony.

AMERICAN AIRLINES 50,000 MILES CHALLENGE:  This is one of our biggest challenges yet! The participant that raises the most money online between Wednesday, October 19th and Friday, October 21st will get to fly the friendly skies with 50,000 AAdvantage miles courtesy of American Airlines. Are you in?

TEAM MEETING PLACES: There will be a lot of people at Soldier Field on walk day.  Some great low traffic meeting places include:  near registration area 2 or 3 (most people will come through Registration 1- off Waldron Drive) OR near the Finish Line OR near the Kids Tent OR near the Water Tent. See the attached site map for more.

8:00 a.m.              Registration/Checkin Begins, Tents Open

8:30 a.m.              Welcome

9:00 a.m.              National Anthem

9:10 a.m.              Zumba Warmup 

9:20 a.m.              Opening Ceremony w/Roz Varon and Judy Hsu 

9:30 a.m.              Survivor Speakers

9:50 a.m.              Safety Instructions

9:55 a.m.              Walkers Assemble (Survivors Leading)

10:00 a.m.            Walk Starts

11:15 a.m.            Walkers Return/Cool Down Exercise with Chi-Town Line Dancers

11:20 a.m.            Medieval Times Pink Knights Joust Against Breast Cancer

11:30 a.m.            Pink Costume Contest Winners Announced

11:35 a.m.            Survivor and Newly Diagnosed Photo (Stage)

11:40 a.m.           #DollaHolla Winner Announced

11:45 a.m.            Final Fundraising Amount and Closing Remarks

12:00 p.m.           Event ends

Spot Hero App:  Get discounted parking using the Spot Hero App and our code:  FIGHTCANCER. Spot Hero will also donate $1 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Soldier Field: $20 parking is available at Waldron-Soldier Field. We have special parking for buses. Email us if you have a team bus.  Soldier Field has parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Waldron Parking Deck is located at 600 E Waldron Dr., Chicago, IL 60616.

CTA: Take the CTA Red, Orange or Green line to the Roosevelt stop.

Bus: Walk west from the Roosevelt stop and take the Roosevelt and State Bus #146 to Soldier Field/Field Museum stop. Walk south to Soldier Field, Stadium Green.

Walking: Walk east from the Roosevelt stop approximately 1.2 miles to Soldier Field, Stadium Green.


Survivor Tent – survivor sashes, pink hair extensions, refreshments, and more

Caregiver Tent – photobooth by Cocktails 4 Entertainment, refreshments, gifts, and more

Pink Boutique – t-shirts ($20 donation), pink boas ($10 donation), and other pink items from vendors

Pink Costume Contest - wear your best Pink Costume. Winners announced from the stage at 11:30 AM.

Scavenger Hunt - pick-up/return scavenger hunt cards at the Information Tent for some great prizes. 

Pink Hair Extensions by Victorious1 Is She Inc. (Kids Tent)

Medieval Times Pink Knights (Kids Area) 

Tattoos (Kids Tent) 

Big Pink Chair Photobooth - receive a free 4X6 photo 

The Big Pink Garbage Cans and Truck - Great photo opps for you and your family.

Medieval Times - watch the Pink Knights joust against breast cancer from the stage. 

AmeriBreast Exhibit – an interactive exhibit featuring the various stages of breast cancer and more

Food Trucks

And more 


TWEET AND RETWEET - $500,000 FROM CHEVYChevy will donate $5 for every #IDriveFor tweet and retweet on Twitter and IG.

PACESETTERS:: Will you commit to becoming a Pacesetter by raising at least $2500?  Pacesetters understand how important money is to our mission:

  • ·       Your $2500 provides 50 rides to and from treatment for a cancer patient.
  • ·        Your $2500 helps connect almost 20 patient navigators to guide cancer patients.
  • ·        Your $2500 helps provide more than 25 nights of lodging for cancer patients and caregivers during treatment.


MATCHING GIFTS OR VOLUNTEERING FOR DONATIONS:  There are 2 easy ways to get your company involved with your commitment to helping ease the burden for cancer patients and their families. Ask your company if they do "Matching Gifts".  This means that they would donate a certain amount based on how much you raise for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. OR Find out if your company donates for employee volunteerism. If you are a Walmart or Sam's Club employee, they will allocate donations from the Walmart Foundation to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by volunteering. Employees can receive as little as $250 for an individual and up to $5,000 for an event when at least 50 people volunteer for a combined 250 hours of service.


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We believe that everyone with breast cancer should have support.

That's why the American Cancer Society is so determined to be here for the survivors, the patients, the caregivers, and the millions saved through early detection.

Help raise funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services by walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Making Strides of Chicago.

Get ready to join more than one million volunteers nationwide. When you sign up, fundraise, and participate in one of our noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will be there to support every person affected by breast cancer.

We walk to make sure that anyone touched by this disease has a hand to hold. So give us yours by taking the first steps in supporting this year's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

You can start a team, or keep your team going. And keep raising awareness and donations.

Begin today! The sooner we start, the farther we'll go.

Join us now.

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Why your participation matters
The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for more than a century. And we will continue to lead every step of the way. Find out how we're putting your dollars to work now - doing the most in every community to be there for those on the frontline as we fight this disease.

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Volunteer at our event
You're just a quick step from volunteering to support the Making Strides walk! None of this would be possible without dedicated volunteers donating their time and talent. Walk with the American Cancer Society volunteer family, and you will help us to end the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

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View our walk details
At our Making Strides walk, you can share in an inspiring mix of passion and purpose - exceptional courage of survivors, meaningful tributes to loved ones lost, and collective determination to raise funds to help finish the fight! Be sure to check often leading up to our event for important event-day details.



#10DollaHolla Challenge


Ask EVERYONE you know to $10 Dolla Holla with you between now and August 30th. The participant with the most $10 donations during this time will win a $10 Dolla Holla prize package including: an overnight stay at the Sofitel Hotel, a $50 gift certificate for Flemings Steakhouse, and a special edition Making Strides Against Breast Cancer full zip fleece jacket. Here’s how:


1.      Make a 30 second video using your cellphone

2.      Say you’re doing a $10 Dolla Holla at breast cancer

3.      Ask your friends, family, and network to do the same

4.      Make your $10 donation:

5.      Share your video on social media using #10DollaHolla


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Event sponsored by:

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Top Participants:

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Top Participants
  1. Making Strides Gold Pacesetter Erin Henkel - $10,598.00
  2. Making Strides Silver Pacesetter Kenya Townsend - $6,547.25
  3. Making Strides Silver Pacesetter Making Strides Donor Melissa Vu - $6,180.00

Top Teams:

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Top Teams
  1. Making Strides Pacesetter Team! CHI-TOWN LINE DANCERS - $25,330.50
  2. Team MB - $21,501.06
  3. Deloitte Chicago Office - $10,787.59

Top Companies:

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  1 -  MB Financial Bank       ($21,856.06)
  2 -  Deloitte Consulting LLP       ($10,787.59)
  3 -  BP America       ($8,252.00)


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