Thousands walking in Boston to fight breast cancer

BOSTON (AP) — About 40,000 people are hitting the streets of Boston in the American Cancer Society’s 21st annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Breast cancer survivors, their families and caregivers are among those taking part Sunday in the country’s largest and oldest one-day breast cancer walk. The goal is to raise about $3 million and increase awareness about the disease.

The Boston event has raised about $52 million since its inception in 1993.

The five-mile morning walk starts at the Hatch Memorial Shell and moves along both sides of the Charles River before looping back to the Hatch shell.

The event offers participants an opportunity to join a national study that will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

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