Making Strides of Gainesville

Gracefully fighting for a cure


Why I am Making Strides

Breast Cancer does not discriminate! It affects women of all age's, race and familial status.

Let's fight together to find a cure. Let’s start early. Please mark your calendars. I would love to have you on my team this year GRACEFULLY FIGHTING FOR A CURE to help raise money for the cause. The walk for 2018 is October 20th, 2018. Same place as last year, downtown in front of the Hippodrome. Event starts at 7:30 for check in, opening ceremonies at 8:00 am and walk starts at 9:00am. If you can not walk with us please consider making a donation. Every dollar will get us closer to a cure.  Join us and together we will walk for a world without breast cancer.

My personal goal is to rise $5,000.00. Please consider making a donation, to help me achieve my goal.

Current year’s estimates for breast cancer

The¬ American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2018 are:¬ About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.¬ About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer). 

About 40,920 women will die from breast cancer.

Since I was first diagnosed, I have had three of my friends that have been diagnosed as well. This is a cause that is very dear to my heart. The statics show that 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with this terrible disease. Unfortunately most of us will personally have someone in our family or one of our friends diagnosed with this terrible disease. Since I was diagnosed, my life will never be the same. I will fight to help to make a difference.

Thru your donations, 18,000 nights of free lodging is given to those traveling to get treatments, more than 19,000 people are given rides to and from the doctor appointments that can't make it themselves, over 34,000 people are answering phones and giving support to those that need it or just have questions.


Cynthia Grace


"Gracefully fighting for a cure"

Proud to be a "2016 and 2017 Pacesetter"

I have always been very proactive when it comes to my breast health. My mother died of breast cancer at age 51. She had 6 sisters and of the seven girls, five that had breast cancer. So this was always in the back of my mind. I started getting regular mammograms at the age of 30, some times semi annually. I had my regular annual mammogram December 2014, it was clear and I thought I was good to go for another year. In April 2015 I had chest pains, just figured that I pulled a muscle. By end of May I thought, ok something is wrong. I had a regular doctor appointment 6/10/15. I went straight from my doctor's office to get an ultra sound and mammogram and from there to get a biopsy. The whirlwind started. I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer stage 3B. What a shock! Especially since I had a clear mammogram just five months prior. Know your body. I knew something was wrong. I started chemotherapy immediately. Next step a mastectomy, then on to radiation for 8 weeks everyday. I have had a total of eight operations. BUT I am alive and fighting the battle. Let's stand together to find a cure. Some great strides have been made, we just need more. In my very close circle of friends it is shocking how many of us have fought the battle. Let's walk together to find a cure.

Chemotherapy, radiation and numerous surgeries all take such a tole on your body and soul. I had such a great support system with my husband,my family and my circle of friends. We really need research so that the women of our future, our daughters, grand daughters and friends do not have to go thru all this trauma.

Because I know I will make a difference in the fight to end breast cancer. I know that by raising funds and walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, I will help save lives from breast cancer.

I believe that one day breast cancer will never steal another year from anyone's life. Making Strides is not only my opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, but it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease. That's why I'm walking.

Who I am Making Strides For

My reason for walking in the Making Strides event is personal just like every other walker’s story. We all walk because we’ve been affected by breast cancer in some way, and because the Making Strides event gives us the power to make a difference and fight back. This is my opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember people we have lost, and help raise funds for groundbreaking research as well as information and services for people fighting breast cancer.


Why I Support the American Cancer Society

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer, and are working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Together, we can make strides to end breast cancer!

Five months after a mammogram, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)

Stage IIIB means the cancer has spread to tissues near the breast, such as the skin or chest wall, including the ribs and muscles in the chest. The cancer may have spread to lymph nodes within the breast or under the arm.

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1% of all breast cancer cases in the United States are inflammatory breast cancers.

The average age at diagnosis for inflammatory breast cancer in the United States is 57 for white women and 52 for African American women. I was 58 when diagnosed. These ages are about 5 years younger than the average ages at diagnosis for other forms of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, inflammatory breast cancer is more common in African American women.

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Grand Club Cynthia Grace $1,478.75
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Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift Edward Grace $100.00
Rising Star I made a personal gift Kristi Holloway $75.00
Fabulous Fundraiser I made a personal gift JoAnn Lancaster $100.00
Jennifer Marjama $0.00
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We’ve raised $1,753.75
Our Goal $5,000.00
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Our Event

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Why We Support
American Cancer Society by Making Strides

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Thank You Donors

  1. From Amount
Top Donors
  1. Anonymous$20
  2. Anthony Aslan$50
  3. Bob & Patty Douce$100
  4. Cynthia Grace$30
  5. Cynthia Grace$25
  6. Donna Cardin$100
  7. Douglas A Thomas$35
  8. Edward Grace$100
  9. Facebook Fundraiser$100
  10. Facebook Fundraiser$100
  11. Facebook Fundraiser$70
  12. Facebook Fundraiser$50
  13. Facebook Fundraiser$25
  14. Facebook Fundraiser$20
  15. Facebook Fundraiser$5
  16. Irving Stockdale$100
  17. Jane Meilleur$52.75
  18. Jennifer Lechner$50
  19. JoAnn Lancaster$100
  20. Krista Kesselring$50
  21. Kristi Holloway$25
  22. Lori A Johnston$100
  23. Marsha Grace$100
  24. Mary Niles$105.50
  25. Ms. Mary L Trask$35
  26. Regina Stephens$52.75
  27. Robyn Mattia 
  28. Sharon Grey$52.75
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How You're Helping
Save Lives From Breast Cancer

Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. Including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction.

invested in breast
cancer grants

$ 74 million

patient service
requests fulfilled

75 thousand

one-to-one support
services provided to
breast cancer patients

11 thousand
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Welcome to our Team Page. We've formed a team because this cause is important to us. We want to help. And walking and raising money in our local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is the best way we can do that. We all have different reasons for participating but we share a determination to help save lives from breast cancer.

There are so many ways that the money our team raises helps. It’s helping fund innovative research. It's providing free information for people dealing with the disease. It’s providing rides to treatment and places to stay for people who have to seek treatment far from home. In short, our money is helping save lives. Consider donating to our team and helping advance the cause.

How We Support the American Cancer Society

Of course we walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. And we solicit donations from family, friends, and other supporters. But we also schedule fundraisers in lead-up to the big event. Bake-sales, car washes, and countless other types of events. And we promote those on social media, through Facebook and Twitter, by word of mouth, and through flyers at work and around the neighborhood. The success of fundraising events depends on two things - hard work and getting the word out. And we're out to do both. Keep an eye out for our fundraising events.

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