Sunday’s 23rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park is expected to attract thousands, according to organizers.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m.
Last year, nearly 15,000 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer participants raised over $1 million across Connecticut for the American Cancer Society (ACS), an announcement said.
The funds go for investing in groundbreaking research, providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer, and helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable, organizers said.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,450 will die from the disease this year.
In Connecticut, it is estimated that 3,290 residents will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will succumb to the disease in 2016, the ACS said.
Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million to help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer. Today, walks are held in nearly 300 communities nationwide.