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Sorority sisters walk to fight for the cure

Janet Conroy had just one wish for her birthday, and that was for her family and friends to donate to "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer." Conroy and her sorority sisters will walk the event for the 16th year, according to the Taunton Gazette.

"I walked with my sorority sisters who started this project 16 years ago. The cool thing is we actually raised $1,600," Conroy told the news source. "When I stopped to take a photo of the Boston skyline, I met a woman who was a 16-year survivor of breast cancer. It was pretty cool."

Volunteers like Conroy and her sorority sisters are the reason why the "Making Strides" event has raised more than $400 million since 1993, the media outlet reports.

According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in breakthrough health news and research. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
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