Archive for October 22, 2012

‘Making Strides’ Walk Raises $285,000 to Fight Breast Cancer

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment
At the Making Strides Event on Oct. 20, 2012

At the Making Strides Event on Oct. 20, 2012. Photo provided by the American Cancer Society and used with written permission.

By Karen Vandoski
On behalf of the American Cancer Society

Nearly 5,000 residents of  Central Indiana, including 250 breast cancer survivors, joined together at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk last weekend  to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. Thousands of central Indiana residents raised $285,000 to help end breast cancer.

This noncompetitive event united the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early and raise funds to end breast cancer.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,”said Jodi Pickens, American Cancer Society manager. “We are so thankful for how this community has pulled together to encourage everyone to change the course of breast cancer forever. Making Strides walkers and supporters can be proud that their efforts are helping 2.6 million breast cancer survivors living in the US celebrate another birthday this year.”

The money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer helps the Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the American Cancer Society for help and support. Dollars raised also fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer, as well as help the Society ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is just one way that the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays in Central Indiana. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 270 communities to fund the fight.

This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Since 1993, more than eight million walkers have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In 2011 alone, one million walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society was joined by Advantage, Carrier, Dugan Chevrolet, Hendricks Regional Health, Indiana Grand Casino, IU Health West Hospital, Kroger, Roche, Siemens, Quest Diagnostics, WZPL, My107.9 and Fox 59 in taking a leadership position in the community’s fight against breast cancer.

In addition to last weekend’s event in downtown Indianapolis, Central Indiana also held Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events in Hendricks County and Shelby County earlier this month. It’s not too late to make a donation to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events of Central Indiana. Visit to help the Society continue saving lives. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Garfield Park Autumn Art Fair, Nov. 17-18

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment
Garfield Park Arts Center

Garfield Park Arts Center. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Ritch Hanna
Garfield Park Arts Center

The Garfield Park Arts Center invites you to browse and shop for family-friendly, handcrafted and affordable art at the annual Garfield Park Autumn Art Fair, Nov. 17-18, 2012.

Over 40 artists from Indianapolis and surrounding areas will be selling their wares just in time for the holidays. The fair will be open on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

Garfield Park Arts Center is located at 2432 Conservatory Drive in Garfield Park on Indy’s south side. For more information, vist, or call 317-327-7135.