Volunteers working on the first annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for Westchester will host a kick-off rally in Marina del Rey Saturday, April 10th.

Those interested in taking part in the June 6th walk as a team leader are invited to attend this rally to get more information. Team leaders will be responsible for recruiting a team of five or more walkers to participate together in this event to raise funds for breast cancer research and programs.

“We are so excited to bring this nationally acclaimed walk to our community,” said volunteer event chair Debbie Wright.

“There is so much we can do for our neighbors, families, and companies through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Anyone can get involved and help our community fight back against breast cancer.”

The non-competitive walk will be held on Sunday, June 6th at the Westchester Recreation Center. Teams of walkers will complete a three-kilometer/1.8-mile course and take part in activities before/after the walk.

“The American Cancer Society uses the funds raised through Making Strides to fund research leading to the discovery of lifesaving treatments, advocate for all women to have access to mammograms and treatments — regardless of income — and to provide free programs and services that improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families,” Wright.

Since 1993, six million walkers have raised more than $400 million through Making Strides. The American Cancer Society has awarded approximately $388.4 million to breast cancer research since 1971.

Information about the Westchester Making Strides event, (310) 348-0356, ext. 225 or www.cancer.org/stridesonline/.