Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Draws Thousands

Thousands of people from across Connecticut are coming together Sunday to help out with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Hartford.

NBC Connecticut is partners in a caring community with the American Cancer Society, the event organizer. The 5K walk raises money for research and making early detection screenings available to all women.

Thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters are in Hartford to walk around Bushnell Park in Hartford for the event.

The American Cancer Society has hosted the breast cancer walks since 1993 , with 10 million walkers from almost 300 communities walking to raise a collective total of $594 million in that time  to raise awareness and funds to battle breast cancer.

So far 411 teams and 2,970 participants registered have raised about $187, 863 for the Hartford walk, according to the event website.

About 232,670 women in the U.S. will likely be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and an estimated "40,000 will die from the disease," according to the American Cancer Society.

The Hartford walk stepped off at 9 a.m. There are also three other walks in New Haven, Waterbury and Westport scheduled for Sunday.

 More information is available on the American Cancer Society website.

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