Jana Petty, of Fenton, a two-year breast cancer survivor, will be among thousands of people “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saginaw St. in downtown Flint.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this event is a 20-year tradition that honors breast cancer survivors, raises awareness about steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer and raises money to help ACS with breast cancer research, information and services. It also helps provide access to mammograms for women who need them.
Since Making Strides began 20 years ago, breast cancer death rates have declined more than 32 percent, according to the event’s website, makingstrides.org.
“I walked last year and it was a huge event,” said Petty. She will be walking under the name Team Petty, and invites people to support her team’s efforts by stopping in at Fenton Glass and making a donation payable to ACS. “You can also go to makingstrides.org, click on our team name Team Petty, and make donations from there.”
Petty’s family business, Fenton Glass, is also showing its support for breast cancer awareness by having all the employees wear pink T-shirts during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “I’m the only female on staff, so there are quite a few guys wearing pink!” said Petty.