Making Strides of Southwest Missouri- What? Where? When?

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Southwest Missouri is just around the corner! The countdown is on!

What’s the next step? Being prepared of course! In order to make Saturday morning as positive and productive as possible here is your go to list for all things Making Strides!

What? Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk!

  • This walk invites members from the community and surrounding areas for a morning of support and honor for those who have survived breast cancer, those who are currently fighting cancer, and those who lost their battle.
  • Approximately, a 5k walk equals 3.1 miles.
  • We want you to stay hydrated! Two water stops will be provided along the route, as well as, snacks and drinks at the end.

Where? Jordan Valley Park!

  • The walk will take place at Jordan Valley Park. 635 East Trafficway, Springfield, MO 65802
  • Survivors may check in at our Survivor tent for a survivor gift.
  • Those not registered online will need to register at our Registration tent, as well as, those who registered online and need to turn in donations.
  • Those who registered online and do not need to turn in donations may check in at our Information Tent.
  • There will also be other tents including a merchandise and advocacy booth!
  • Restrooms will be available in the Ice Park, at the Creamery, and along the route at the Park Central Branch Library.
  • FREE parking is available in the parking lot across the street from Hammon’s Field and at the Jordan Valley Parking Garage, on the corner of Trafficway and Benton Ave.

WHEN? This Saturday! October 20, 2012!

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is happening THIS Saturday!
  • Registration opens at 8:00 am.
  • The walk starts at 9:00 am!

Get Social! Don’t forget to tweet us @ACSKCWesternMo using the hashtag #makingstrides, post pictures to our Facebook page, or instagram your Making Strides journey and tag us @ACS_KCWMO with the hashtag #makingstrides ! And don’t forget to download a barcode scanner to your smartphone for a QR code scavenger hunt along the route!

See you there!



Cancer Prevention Study 3 Now Enrolling

Did you know that heavy drinking can lead to pancreatic cancer? Or that having excess weight can also increase cancer risk? For those who may not know, sitting for prolonged periods of time can also put you at a higher risk of cancer.

This information was discovered through previous Cancer Prevention Studies. The purpose of our Cancer Prevention Studies is to discover more about cancer and its causes. Through these studies we are learning about factors, such as, lifestyle, environment, and genetics, in order to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.

The American Cancer Society is now launching CPS-3 and is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65, who have no personal history of cancer, to join this historic research study. The program requires participants to read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide some physical measurements, and give a small blood sample. CPS-3 is a 20 year study that will periodically survey various aspects of participants’ lives in order to understand the differences between people who develop cancer and those who do not.

Enrollment is now taking place at various locations in Missouri. If you would like to be part of this groundbreaking study, visit for locations and available register times. For more information about Cancer Prevention Study 3 and to see if you are eligible, log on to Be a part of the end of cancer.

Confidence is Beautiful

For some women, confidence does not come easy. It is the result of many years of hardships, mistakes, and various personal self-evaluations. Their confidence has been earned, and no one should be able to take that confidence from them. However, for a woman undergoing cancer treatment, that confidence she once held can be slowly stripped away with each physical change she may undergo.

That is where the American Cancer Society and the Look Good… Feel Better program steps in. The LGFB program is dedicated to improving the self-esteem of people undergoing treatment for cancer by giving them their confidence back by reminding them that they are beautiful on both the inside and the outside. The LGFB program offers complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty sessions that teach cancer patients how to cope with and treat their outward appearance for amazing results that radiate inward, as well.

The program started in 1987 when one cancer patient was so depressed with how her physical appearance was changing during treatment that she wouldn’t leave her room. The woman’s physician asked former Personal Care Products Council President Ed Kavanaugh if he could organize a “makeover” for the woman. The rest is, as one might say, history. Look Good… Feel Better has now served over 700,000 people in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. These group workshops, which are held at various locations including hospitals, American Cancer Society offices, and other locations, are free to those undergoing cancer treatment.

Group workshops last two hours and are taught by cosmetology professionals who instruct patients on how to care for their skin and nails, use makeup, and offer advice dealing with hair loss and using scarves, hats, hairpieces and other accessories.

A LGFB program specializing in teens dealing with cancer have also been developed, as well as, a website that targets men. The American Cancer Society together with cosmetic companies, beauty professionals, and volunteers, just like you, are helping cancer patients regain their confidence. And that is what makes them truly beautiful.

For more information on the Look Good… Feel Better program visit the official site or to find out how to volunteer contact your local American Cancer Society or visit