UTICA — The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Masonic Care Community, 2150 Bleecker St., to unite communities, honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, with more than one million participants supporting the noncompetitive three- to five-mile walks each year.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

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Dollars raised will help the American Cancer Society fund breast cancer research; provide education and guidance to help people reduce their risk and offer patient support to those who need it most.

Last year, 3,500 walkers in the Mohawk Valley helped to raise more than $160,000.

The event will also recognize and celebrate local breast cancer survivors, who receive a free survivor T-shirt for attending. Last year, more than 130 local breast cancer survivors were honored.

The event will feature a 2.2-mile course, and a half-mile mini-course. Both are paved and handicap accessible. There will also be a free photo booth, fun educational activities, a merchandise tent with various breast cancer-themed items for sale, raffles, music and free refreshments.

There is no minimum needed to participate and the event is open to all ages and abilities.

To learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and how you can become involved, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/Utica, call 315-257-7386 or email Robert.Elinskas@cancer.org.