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Blue Cross is making strides against breast cancer

October 6, 2017

On October 7, hundreds of Blue Cross employees will be walking in and around U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to raise money for the American Cancer Society to fight breast cancer.

“Blue Cross is a strong supporter of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk,” said Maddy Bjorklund, chief of staff. “We are proud of the hundreds of employees who participate in the walk each year and, in so doing, live out our mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives.”

Blue Cross has been a sponsor of the event for four years. The event in Minnesota is one of more than 250 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events that, last year, raised more than $60 million for the American Cancer Society.

Raising employee awareness

“We do this with our employees to help them get out and become more aware of breast cancer, to honor the survivors in their lives and remember those they’ve lost to the disease,” said Susan Schuster, senior community relations consultant. “Our goal is to engage any employee interested to participate. They can bring their families and friends too.”

Employees join the Blue Cross team for many reasons, often because they know someone who has battled breast cancer.

“I walk in honor of my mom who is a 22-year breast cancer survivor and in memory of my grandma who passed from breast cancer” said Kerry Moser, Roseville Retail Center manager.

Walking together so no one walks alone

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Legacy Gate of U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The money raised by participants helps the American Cancer Society fund innovative breast cancer research, promote education and risk reduction and provide comprehensive patient support to those who need it most.

“It’s an energizing event,” said Schuster. “The focus is on the community coming together – individuals, corporations, anyone who cares about the cause. It makes a difference for people dealing with this disease, makes them feel like part of a community and that no one walks alone.”

Anyone can sign up to walk at the Making Strides Twin Cities website.

“We’re really committed to making a healthy difference in people’s lives, it’s our mission,” said Schuster. “This is one way we can do that for people living with breast cancer and their family members.”

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