According to the American Cancer Society, the most common type of cancer among American women except for skin cancer is breast cancer. It is estimated that approximately one in eight U.S. Women will be stricken with invasive breast cancer at some point in their life. The Angel Care Foundation is an all-volunteer organization that offers one-on-one emotional support for individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. On May 10 at 9 a.m., the Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation will have their Wings of Courage 5K walk in Marymoor Park in Redmond Washington.
Breast cancer is reportedly the second leading cause of death by cancer in women behind lung cancer. Approximately one in every 36 women will die from breast cancer. Currently, in the United States, there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors, some of which include women who are still being treated and those who have completed their treatments. The American Cancer Society estimates that for 2014 there will be approximately 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer and approximately 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ and that approximately 40,000 women will pass away as a result of breast cancer.
While breast cancer death rates continue to decline, this deadly disease still claims far too many women every year, and those who are newly diagnosed will need physical, emotional, and mental support. Organizations like the Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation serve to be a point of contact for women who are newly diagnosed with the disease. In addition, they offer an abundance of information to those women, which helps them better deal with the challenges and emotional and physical ramifications of having the disease.
The Angel Care Foundation Wings of Courage 5K Walk is in its third year and serves to support the breast cancer cause while honoring and all females who suffer from the disease and those who love them. According to the foundation, proceeds from the walk will go toward funding one-on-one emotional support services of those who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The women providing the one-on-one support are able to do so from direct experience because they are breast cancer survivors themselves. The foundation believes that being a breast cancer survivor helps the volunteers provide newly diagnosed patients with a unique perspective, hope, understanding, and encouragement.
Registration for the event costs $35 and each participant will receive a T-shirt and a tote bag. The Angel Care Breast Cancer Foundation Wings of Courage 5K Walk will begin at 9 a.m.; however, walkers are encouraged to check in by 8 a.m. in order to locate their friends and team members and to socialize over a cup of coffee. The foundation encourages walkers of all ages to come out for the event, and they said not to hesitate to bring baby strollers or four-legged friends to walk along with them. At the end of the walk, prizes will be awarded across several categories, such as best Angel Wings, the highest amount of money raised by a team, and the highest number of walkers on the team, before closing comments are given.
By Donna W. Martin