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Media Contact: Cheryl Monkhouse
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cheryl.monkhouse@bcbsga.com

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is Flagship Sponsor of American Cancer Society’s 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

This Year’s Walk on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Centennial Olympic Park, is Set to Break Prior Year Attendance and Fundraising Records

ATLANTA (October 26, 2011) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) is a flagship corporate sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Atlanta, this Saturday, October 29 at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.
 
“We are pleased to welcome Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia as a flagship sponsor of the thirteenth Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Atlanta,” said Making Strides Manager Anissa Johnson. “We are making progress in the fight against breast cancer, but too many women are still dying from the disease every year. The support of corporations like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia help us raise funds and awareness that will one day lead to a cure for breast cancer.”

“We have approximately 130 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia associates walking on Saturday,” said Morgan Kendrick, President, BCBSGa. “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia supports organizations that align with our mission to improve the lives of those we serve and the health of our communities, and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides walk is a wonderful opportunity for us to help support breast cancer research, while empowering everyone involved to walk in honor of those they love, and to walk for those who no longer can.”

BCBSGa was also the signature sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast on August 31, honoring those companies and individuals committed to supporting this year’s walk.

Making Strides is the American Cancer Society’s premier breast cancer event, with walks taking place nationwide every October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Atlanta, more than 15,000 people – including thousands of breast cancer survivors – are expected to gather in Centennial Olympic Park to raise more than $1 million for the fight against breast cancer.

For information on the event or to register to participate – there’s still time – visit www.stridesatlanta.org.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association®. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinInBCBSGa, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin or check out the Our Health Connects Us campaign site at http://connects.bcbsga.com.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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