Boston, MA -- For the third year staffers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Region I office in Boston with members of their families, dubbed "Team FEMA" joined over 40,000 people from across Massachusetts who walked to help raise funds for the fight against Breast Cancer. The regional staff raised $ 370.00 in pledges for the walk.
The eighth annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society kicked-off at Boston's historic Hatch Shell, home of the 4th of July Pops celebration. The 5.7 mile walk along Boston's Charles River Esplanade is a major event recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "Making Strides" walkers raised a total of $ 3.5 million in pledges. Funds raised will support the American Cancer Society's programs of breast cancer research, public education and support programs for cancer patients and their families in Massachusetts.
Walkers also had an opportunity to add pink ribbons to the six-foot Ribbon of Hope sculpture, affixing it with thousands of ribbons, carrying messages of hope and remembrance for women who have fought the disease. A 175-foot banner at the starting line carried the pink ribbon messages from the previous years of "Making Strides".