CANTON -- The American Cancer Society had its 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, Oct. 24 in Canton.

The 3.1 miles/5 K walk started at Canton McKinley High School, continued to the McKinley Monument and ended back at the high school. Joining the over 5,000 walkers were teams of two team members -- Jennifer Baker, Bobbi Freeman, Bryce Glazer, Katelyn Glazer, Melba Guy, Amanda Hartzler, Ronda Kenney, Christie Kitzmann, Amy Miller and Denise Wright. Trisha's Ta Ta's team included Lona Arnold, Cindy Rose, Nichelle Wells, Trisha Wharff and Missy Wilkinson. Team Olivia team members included 10 year-old team captain Olivia McDonough and team members Nichole Wright, Donna and Vic Schmidt (grandparents from Canton) and Thalia Johnston (cousin from Peninsula). Building Bridges team members Jodi Kellish and Cindy Staggs also participated in the walk.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society's premier event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. But it's more than just the name of a walk -- it describes the amazing progress that has been made to defeat this disease. This event is an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, educate women about breast cancer prevention and early detection, and raise funds and awareness to help achieve a day when no one will have to hear the words, "You have breast cancer." Since 1993, nearly six million walkers have raised more than $400 million through Making Strides. This year's event raised over $200,000.