CLEVELAND — It was strength in numbers at FirstEnergy Stadium Wednesday as breast cancer survivors and local business leaders met to share stories and inspire one another.
Fox 8’s own Stacey Frey, a survivor herself, and Tracy McCool spoke at the American Cancer Society’s annual ‘Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer’ kickoff breakfast.
“In my role as a journalist, my goal is to share with people, to spread information. Hopefully, occasionally, to help people. And that’s what I’ve been able to do. I shared my story on the air and since then I can’t tell you how many people have reached out to me,” Frey said of her journey.
‘Making Strides’ is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the country and helps the American Cancer Society provide free resources to women.
It also supports the Society’s research efforts to cure, prevent and treat breast cancer.
“Right now is a pivotal time for a woman facing breast cancer here in Cleveland,” McCool told the crowd. “The statistics tell us she hasn’t been diagnosed yet. She doesn’t know she will need help.”
According to the event organizers, in 2012, approximately 8,990 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in Ohio alone.