Published: Oct 20, 2012 9:47 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 20, 2012 10:23 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Thousands of Southwest Floridians, breast cancer survivors, and business and community leaders pound the pavement in Lee County for the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 5-K.

The walk, at Tanger Outlets on Summerlin Road, works to raise money for breast cancer research and making sure everyone has access to breast cancer screening and treatments, regardless of income.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org