The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), a scientific society of over 15,000 laboratory and clinical cancer researchers, was founded in 1907 to facilitate communication and dissemination of knowledge among scientists and others dedicated to the cancer problem; to foster research in cancer and related biomedical sciences; to encourage presentation and discussion of new and important observations in the field; to foster public education, science education, and training; and to advance the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.
Sunday, October 14, 2001 is the date for the Second Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Philadelphia. Making Strides benefits the American Cancer Society and is a five-mile pledge walk. I am participating in this event with my company American Association for Cancer Research. By giving just a few hours to collect pledges and walk on October 14, each of us can make a difference. This year, 10,300 Pennsylvania women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 2,200 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is everyone's fight. Cancer has touched my life, and I want to help in eradicating it. I have known many friends and family members who have struggled with this disease, and I have cried many times at seeing their pain and feeling as though I can never help them. Now, after struggling with a near fatal leg injury, I am training myself to complete this walk. It means a great deal to me to walk this far, and also to help so many others while I am completing a personal goal of mine. Please help me in raising pledges for this cause. Any donation will help greatly in one day finding an end to such a life threatening disease. If you would like to participate or make a pledge, please see me. I have until the end of September to collect pledges. Any help you can give can make a difference. The more we can do for this event, the more we are making life easier for those who suffer or will suffer from this disease! -- Debreen Mac Pherson