BOSTON (CBS) — About 40,000 people participated Sunday in the 21st annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in the city, organizers announced in a prepared statement.

The event honors breast cancer survivors, educates about the importance of prevention and early detection, and raises money to help the American Cancer Society.

Sunday’s noncompetitive, 5-mile fundraising walk, with a 2-mile walk option, started and ended at Hatch Shell and raised $2.7 million, organizers said. Donations for the 2013 Making Strides walk will continue to be collected through the end of the year. Making Strides in Boston has raised $52 million for the fight against breast cancer since the group’s inception in 1993.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston also featured an unique opportunity for volunteers to enroll in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3.

CPS-3 is a national study that will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and will further efforts to find cures for cancer. Final enrollment opportunities are available this fall in Massachusetts. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 888-604-5888.

In 2013, the American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th year. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Boston, or to make a donation, call the American Cancer Society 800-227-2345, email, or visit


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