Why We Stride

October, a month filled with the crisp mornings of Fall, football on tv, and a little bit of pink filling the scene wherever you go.  For some, Breast Cancer Awareness month is just another month, another cause taken on by the masses with a fun and girly color.  But for those of us responsible for creating and placing all that pink, it’s a different story.

Each event at Gallatin Valley Mall is created with a purpose… most of all to hopefully provide an enjoyable and memorable experience.  Every once and awhile, those community members sharing an experience together, find us.

One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  That’s approximately 187 women walking through our doors each day at GVM.  She is the mom pushing her two kids in a stroller, the business woman you pass in the hallway, the lady next to you having lunch, even the cashier behind the counter. This staggering number doesn’t include the sister, mother, cousin, husband, or child that breast cancer has also touched.  You see, breast cancer awareness month isn’t just another event, it’s a community rallying behind every single person affected by breast cancer, which in all reality, is almost all of us.

We urge you to stop and take in the pink of October by walking with GVM in American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Montana on Saturday, October 29th. Participating in Making Strides helps those currently fighting the disease, those who may have to fight it one day, and those who will never get a diagnosis due to education and risk reduction. When you walk and raise money for the Making Strides program, you join more than one million volunteers across the country who, together, can ensure that no one facing breast cancer will ever have to walk alone.

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